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Raymond Lohier

Raymond Lohier
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Assumed office
December 20, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Sonia Sotomayor
Personal details
Born (1965-12-01) December 1, 1965
Montreal, Canada
Spouse(s) Donna Hae Kyun Lee
Alma mater Harvard University
New York University

Raymond Joseph Lohier, Jr. (born December 1, 1965) is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and formerly an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He was the chief of the securities and commodities fraud task force in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's office. He was recommended by Sen. Charles Schumer for the nomination to the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that was vacated by Sonia Sotomayor when she was elevated to the Supreme Court of the United States. Lohier is the first Haitian-American to serve as an Article III Federal Judge and to be confirmed (unanimously) by the United States Senate as a Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in New York.[1]

Early life and education

A Canadian-American of Haitian heritage,[2] Lohier graduated from Friends' Central School, a Quaker School outside of Philadelphia in 1984. From Friends' Central he went on to earn a A.B. cum laude from Harvard College and then earned a law degree from New York University School of Law,[2] where he served as Editor in Chief of the NYU Annual Survey of American Law.

He worked as a law clerk for Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[2]

Professional career

Early in his career, Lohier worked as an associate in the law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He became an Assistant United States Attorney in 2000, and later became deputy chief and then chief of the narcotics unit. He later became deputy chief and then chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.[2]

Lohier may be most known in his career at the U.S. Attorney's office for having helped to oversee the Bernard Madoff investigation and also for having worked as a prosecutor on the Marc Stuart Dreier case.[3]

Federal judicial service

On February 8, 2010, Schumer announced that he would recommend Lohier for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that was vacated by Sonia Sotomayor.[2] On March 10, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Lohier to that seat.[4] On December 19, 2010, Lohier was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 92-0. He received his judicial commission on December 20, 2010.

Indefinite detention ruling

On September 17, 2012, Lohier issued a temporary stay to a District Court ruling which had enjoined the enforcement of the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. The stay will remain in effect until a three judge panel of the Second Circuit formally rules on the provision.[5]


Lohier's wife, Donna Hae Kyun Lee, teaches law at City University of New York School of Law.[6] The couple married in 1999.[7] They live in Brooklyn.[8]


  1. ^ "Notable Haitians". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Schumer Pushes for Raymond J. Lohier to be Chosen for a Vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, (February 8, 2010).
  3. ^ Ashby Jones, From U.S. Attorney’s Office to Second Circuit for Ray Lohier?, Law Blog - Wall Street Journal (February 10, 2010).
  4. ^ President Obama Nominates Raymond Lohier, Jr. for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Kate O'Malley for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (March 10, 2010).
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  6. ^ CUNY School of Law Faculty Profile - Donna Hae Kyun Lee
  7. ^ WEDDINGS; Donna Lee and Raymond Lohier Jr., The New York Times (April 4, 1999).
  8. ^ Ryan Thompson, Senator Chooses Brooklyn Community Board Officer For Circuit Court, Brooklyn Daily Eagle (February 9, 2010).

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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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