Julien Neals
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Assumed office
June 22, 2021
Appointed byJoe Biden
Preceded byWilliam J. Martini
Personal details
Born (1965-01-01) January 1, 1965 (age 56)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
EducationMorehouse College (BA)
Emory University (JD)

Julien Xavier Neals (born January 1, 1965)[1] is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Education

Neals received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from Morehouse College. He received a Juris Doctor in 1991 from Emory University School of Law.[2]

Career

He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Seymour Margulies of the New Jersey Superior Court in Hudson County from 1991 to 1992. From 1992 to 2006 and in 2014, he worked at Chasan, Leyner & Lamparello, P.C., in Secaucus, New Jersey, first as an associate, and later as a partner, where he practiced general litigation in state and federal courts. From 2006 to 2014, he worked for the City of Newark, as Chief Judge of the Newark Municipal Court from 2006 to 2008, as Corporation Counsel from 2008 to 2010, and as Business Administrator from 2010 to 2014. From January 2015 until his confirmation, he served as County Counsel for Bergen County.[2]

Federal judicial service

Expired nomination to district court under Obama

On February 26, 2015, President Barack Obama nominated Neals to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, to the seat vacated by Judge Faith S. Hochberg, who retired on March 6, 2015.[3] He received a hearing before the Judiciary Committee on September 30, 2015.[4] On November 5, 2015, his nomination was favorably reported out of committee by voice vote.[5] However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to schedule the nomination for a Senate vote. The nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress.[6]

Renomination to district court under Biden

On March 30, 2021, President Joe Biden announced his intent to renominate Neals to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.[7] On April 19, 2021, his nomination was sent to the Senate. President Biden nominated Neals to the seat vacated by Judge William J. Martini, who took senior status on February 10, 2015.[8] On April 28, 2021, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[9] On May 20, 2021, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 16–6 vote.[10] On June 7, 2021, the Senate voted 66–28 to invoke cloture on Neals's nomination. [11] On June 8, 2021, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 66–33.[12] [13] He received his judicial commission on June 22, 2021.[14]

References

  1. ^ Voruganti, Harsh (April 21, 2021). "Julien Neals – Nominee to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey". The Vetting Room. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  2. ^ a b ""President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts" White House, February 26, 2015". Archived from the original on January 21, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  3. ^ ""Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate" White House, February 26, 2015". Archived from the original on October 30, 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  4. ^ ""Nominations", United States Senate Judiciary Committee, September 30, 2015". Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  5. ^ "United States Senate Judiciary Committee: Results of Executive Business Meeting – November 5, 2015" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  6. ^ Watkin, Morgan (June 8, 2021). "Mitch McConnell blocked an Obama judicial nominee but couldn't pull it off a second time". Courier-Journal. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  7. ^ "President Biden Announces Intent to Nominate 11 Judicial Candidates". The White House. March 30, 2021. Archived from the original on March 30, 2021.
  8. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate". The White House. April 19, 2021.
  9. ^ "Nominations | United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary". www.judiciary.senate.gov.
  10. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – May 20, 2021, Senate Judiciary Committee
  11. ^ "On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture: Julien Xavier Neals to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey )". senate.gov. June 7, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  12. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation: Julien Xavier Neals to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey)". United States Senate. June 8, 2021. Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  13. ^ "Statement by President Joe Biden on the First Confirmations of His Judicial Nominees". The White House. June 8, 2021.
  14. ^ "Neals, Julien Xavier – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
Legal offices
Preceded by
William J. Martini
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
2021–present
Incumbent