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 Jose A. Cabranes

Circuit Judge

U.S. Courthouse

141 Church Street

New Haven, CT 06510-2030

 (203) 867-8782 (t)


Personal —  Jose A. Cabranes was born in 1940.  He began service for the United States Court of Appeals
for the Second Circuit in 1994, appointed by President William J. Clinton.  Judge Cabranes is an Independent.


Academic — Prior to his service for the Second Circuit, Jose A. Cabranes was Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut from 1992 to 1994.  He was a District Judge for the same court since 1979. 


Government — Judge Cabranes was Commissioner of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships from 1993 to 1996.  In 1978 he was Consultant to the Secretary of the Department of State.  From 1977 to 1978 he was a Member to the United States Delegation to the Belgrade Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe as well as Commissioner of the President's Commission on Mental Health.  Jose Cabranes was Head of the Office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in Washington, D.C. from 1973 to 1975 as well as Special Counsel to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  In 1971 he was a Consultant to the Commission on the Powers of Local Government.


Private Practice — He worked for Casey, Lane & Mittendorf in New York, New York from 1967 to 1971. 


Academic — Jose A. Cabranes has been a Trustee, Lecturer, Instructor and Associate Professor of Law at many Universities including Yale and Colgate.  He was General Counsel of Yale University when he was appointed to the federal bench in 1979.


Education —  Judge Cabranes graduated from Yale with his law degree in 1965.  In 1967 he completed a graduate degree at Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia in 1961.


Memberships — Jose A. Cabranes is a member of the:  American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Bar Association; Connecticut Bar Association; Hispanic National Bar Association; Puerto Rican Bar Association of New York.



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