FJA Remembers Sandra J. Feuerstein

In memoriam of our beloved colleagues who have passed.  

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Sandra J. Feuerstein

Sandra J. Feuerstein

Sandra J. Feuerstein A Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York was fatally struck by a vehicle Friday, April 9, on Ocean Boulevard in Boca Raton, Florida, in a reported hit-and-run crash.

Nominated to the federal bench by George W. Bush in 2003, Judge Feuerstein had been deciding cases in the Central Islip courthouse on Long Island for nearly twenty years, prior to which she served as a state court judge for sixteen years.

Born in New York City in 1946, Judge Feuerstein worked as a teacher in the New York City public school system from 1966 to 1971 before attending law school at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she graduated with honors in 1979 as part of the school’s first graduating class.

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Peter W. Hall

Peter W. Hall

Peter W. Hall, a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a former United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, a prominent figure in the Rutland, Vermont, community, and a beloved colleague, family member and friend, died on March 11, 2021 in Rutland. He was 72 years old. His passing was announced by Chief Judge Debra Ann Livingston. Speaking on behalf of the Court, Chief Judge Livingston said, “Judge Hall was our beloved colleague, and this is a grievous loss for our Court and for all of our judges."
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Philip R. Martinez

Philip R. Martinez

The Western District of Texas is deeply mourning the loss of U.S. District Judge Philip R. Martinez, who passed away very unexpectedly on Friday, February 26, 2021...His passing is a tremendous loss for the Western District of Texas and to the legal profession. Judge Martinez was widely respected and admired as a jurist of great intellect, hard work, impeccable professional ethics, and a deep passion for justice. His family, many friends, and co-workers will remember him as an extremely kind, gentle, and thoughtful person, with a warm, ready smile. We are all truly saddened by the passing of a dear colleague. His public service will long be remembered.
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THomas A Wiseman Jr

Thomas A. Wiseman Jr.

Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr. a founding member of the Federal Judges Association, passed away March 18, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.

After receiving his BA and JD degrees from Vanderbilt, his Master of Laws from the University of Virginia, and serving two years in the U.S. Army Judge Wiseman began his practice of law in Tullahoma, Tennessee in 1956. In January 1971, he and his family moved to Nashville where he assumed the office of State Treasurer to which he was elected that year and re-elected in 1973.

Judge Wiseman was appointed United States District Judge for the Middle Tennessee District, nominated by President Jimmy Carter, in 1978. He was Chief Judge of the Middle District from 1984 to 1991. Taking senior status in 1995, he continued to hold court in Nashville and, in addition, took assignments to other districts where there was a shortage of judges. Among these, he presided over the desegregation of schools in Nashville from 1978 until settlement and unitary status declaration in 2004, and also the Tennessee Higher Education desegregation case for 25 years.

Judge Wiseman served as a member of the founding board of directors and vice-president of the Federal Judges Association. At the request of the Tennessee Judicial Conference, he conducted training classes for the bench and bar in judge-sentencing when the Tennessee State Courts transitioned from jury to judge sentencing. He also loved to teach and had a parallel career as a teacher.  

Tommy was proud to have been a public servant who tried to make a difference.


Gregory W Carman

Gregory W. Carman

Judge Gregory W. Carman, Senior United States Judge of the United States Court of International Trade and former member of the United States House of Representatives from New York, passed in April 2020.

In 1983, President Reagan appointed the Congressman to the U.S. Court of International Trade. In addition to presiding over its innumerable customs and international-trade cases, Judge Carman was specially designated from time to time by the Chief Justice of the United States to hear and decide matters on the dockets of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth, Eighth, and Federal Circuits. In 1991, Judge Carman assumed the role of acting chief judge of the USCIT, followed some years later by a full statutory term as the Court’s chief judge.

Judge Carman’s leadership extended well beyond his USCIT responsibilities. As a statutory member of the Judicial Conference of the United States in Washington, D.C., and as a member of its most-important Executive Committee and also its Judicial Branch Committee and subcommittees on Long- Range Planning, Benefits, Civic Education, and Seminars, Judge Carman worked tirelessly to improve process in the pursuit of justice. And his efforts also extended all over America via lectures and writings at or for universities and law schools, bar associations, local judicial conferences, and inns of court.
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James M. Munley

James M. Munley

Judge James M. Munley, of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, passed away in Scranton on March 22, 2020, at the age of 83.

Judge Munley was elected in 1977 to the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas and was retained as judge in 1987 and 1997. He served as a county judge until the U.S. Senate confirmed him as a federal judge in 1998 following his nomination to the federal bench by President William J. Clinton. During his years on the federal bench, Judge Munley had the opportunity on a few occasions to sit as a visiting judge to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan hearing complex civil and criminal cases. Before law school, Jim proudly served in the United States Army for two years.

Judge Munley loved and respected his work on both the county and federal courts. He lived each day by the credo he had established for his service in his first campaign in 1977 - "I Promise to be a Good Judge." For more than 40 years he truly was a good judge, treating the parties and the lawyers in his court with fairness and dignity, always.

Richard Caputo

A. Richard Caputo

Senior U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo, who presided over courtrooms in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for years, passed away March 11, 2020 at the age of 81.

Judge Caputo was remembered by Chief Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania  Christopher C. Conner as “a judge’s judge – a strong, direct, impartial and erudite jurist”; and by those who knew him as bright, consistent and fair.

Caputo was a graduate of Brown University, then studied at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He worked in private practice in Wilkes-Barre before serving in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps. Caputo later worked as an assistant public defender then returned to private practice in Kingston until 1997. Judge Caputo was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1997 to a seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He assumed senior status in 2009.

Jerome B Simandle

Jerome B. Simandle

Jerry Simandle was an extremely active and beloved member of the Federal Judges Association, having served for many years on its Board of Directors and as an officer and Executive Committee member. More recently, last spring, Jerry was once again elected to be FJA Treasurer but reluctantly requested to step down because of the gravity of his illness and the serious physical impact of his treatments. We knew his condition must be grave for Jerry to resign from any position, especially from his beloved FJA, an organization of Article III judges that he guided through decades of service, never shy in professing his respect and affection for the organization and its purposes, and for his colleagues who grew to love him as a friend.

Judge Wiley Daniel

Wiley Daniel

Judge Wiley Daniel held several positions in the Federal Judges leadership, culminating in his Presidency 2009-2011. Wiley, as his friends in the FJA called him, succeeded Judge Sarah Evans Barker, Sr. Judge in the Southern District of Indiana who recalls him as a wonderful friend and colleague and leader of the Association who took seriously the need for Article III Judges to improve their judicial salary and benefits. As President, Judge Daniel, with other dedicated FJA officers, forged working relationships with FJA members to press the groundwork for the future successful litigation that secured COLA restoration for the federal judiciary. Judge Barker also recounts Wiley’s devotion to his wife, Ida and that he was an adoring grandfather, adding “he was an unfailingly kind and cheerful person with a ready smile and contagious laugh. I really loved him very much and will miss him terribly. Losing him so soon into his retirement is a great unfairness to all whose lives he touched, most especially his beloved family."