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Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Newark, NJ, USA

 Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. received his commission from President Obama as the sixty-second jurist appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on February 12, 2010. Judge Greenaway was sworn in on February 24, 2010.  He sits in Newark, New Jersey. Judge Greenaway earned his B.A. in history from Columbia College in 1978 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1981.

 His legal career began as a litigation associate with the New York law firm of Kramer, Levin, Nessen, Kamin and Frankel.  After a clerkship with the late Hon. Vincent L. Broderick of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, he returned to the Kramer, Levin firm for two years.  In 1985, Judge Greenaway joined the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey.  After several years, Judge Greenaway received a promotion to Chief of the Narcotics Bureau.  He prosecuted the government's case against Wayne Pray, a.k.a.  "Akbar," which resulted in Akbar being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, he served as in-house counsel for Johnson & Johnson, the healthcare conglomerate.  On July 26, 1996, Judge Greenaway received his commission from President Clinton as the sixty-seventh jurist appointed to the federal bench in New Jersey.  Judge Greenaway was sworn in as a federal judge on September 20, 1996. 

 Judge Greenaway is Chair Emeritus of the Columbia College Black Alumni Council,  a member of the Columbia College Alumni National Council, a member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors, and an advisor to the Columbia University's Alumni of Color Outreach Program, as well as a former secretary of the Columbia College Alumni Association.  He also is a member of the American, National, and Garden State Bar Associations. From 2002 to 2006, Judge Greenaway was an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law in Newark.  Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Cardozo School of Law, where he teaches a course on trial practice or a seminar on the Supreme Court, as well as an adjunct at Columbia College, where he also teaches a seminar on the Supreme Court.

 Judge Greenaway was the 1997 recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence, the 1999 recipient of the Garden State Bar Association's Distinguished Jurist Award, a 2003 recipient of Columbia's John Jay Award, a 2007 recipient of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence, and the 2007 recipient of the Roger M. Yancey Award from the Garden State Bar Association.  In 2006, Judge Greenaway delivered the commencement address at Cardozo School of Law.  In 1998, Judge Greenaway delivered the Class Day address at Columbia College's commencement. He also presented Rutgers Law School's Weintraub Lecture in 1998 (published as Judicial Decision Making and the External Environment, 51 Rutgers L. Rev. 181 (1998)).  In November 1996, he received the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association's Distinguished Service Award.


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