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Hon. J. Paul  Oetken

Hon. J. Paul Oetken

United States District Court,Southern District of New York
United States District Judge
New York, NY, USA


Paul Oetken was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on January 26, 2011.  He was confirmed by the Senate on July 18, 2011.  He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1988 and received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1991.  Following his graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Richard D. Cudahy (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) from 1991 to 1992, to Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia) from 1992 to 1993, and to Justice Harry A. Blackmun (United States Supreme Court) from 1993 to 1994.

Following his clerkships, Judge Oetken worked as an attorney at Jenner & Block in Washington, DC.  He then served as attorney-adviser in the United States Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel from 1997 to 1999.  In 1999, Judge Oetken joined the White House Counsel’s Office, serving as Associate Counsel to President Bill Clinton until the end of President Clinton’s term in January 2001.  Judge Oetken then worked as an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York from 2001 to 2004, leaving to become head of litigation at Cablevision Systems Corporation, where he was Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel until 2011.

Judge Oetken has taught Employment Law as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School and has served on the Media Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.  He serves as Counselor to the William C. Conner Inn of Court.

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