FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2010
SCHUMER RECOMMENDS BILL KUNTZ TO SERVE ON EASTERN DISTRICT COURT
Kuntz Has A Prestigious Legal Record Spanning Three Decades In The Private Sector And Nearly A Quarter Century On The Civilian Complaint Review Board
Combined With His Dedication To Serving The New York Community, Kuntz Is An Excellent Pick
Schumer: Kuntz Has The Intellect, Temperament, And Commitment To Public Service Needed To Make A Great Judge
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) announced that he is recommending Bill Kuntz to President Obama to serve as a judge in the prestigious Eastern District federal court. If confirmed, Kuntz would become the second African American judge on the court. Schumer laid out several reasons Kuntz would be an excellent fit for the job, citing his stellar legal background, even-handedness, temperament and commitment to public service.
“I am pleased to recommend Bill Kuntz to President Obama. With his deep intellect, even-handed temperament, and commitment to public service, Kuntz will make an excellent judge on the Eastern District Court,” said Schumer. “He has a first-rate legal mind and will be a terrific asset on the bench.”
Bill Kuntz earned his BA, JD, MA and PhD in American History from Harvard University. He has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, having tried 50 cases over the course of his career. Between 1986 and 2004, Kuntz served with several New York law firms, including Shearman & Sterling and Seward & Kissel. He has been a partner at Baker Hostetler in New York since 2005.
In addition to his extensive experience in private practice, Kuntz has long been deeply involved in public service and in the New York community. For 23 years, he has served on the Civilian Complaint Review board, which investigates complaints of alleged misconduct on the part of the NYPD. He has served as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College of Law. In addition, Kuntz has served on the board of the Legal Aid Society, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the Brooklyn Friends School, the New York City Transit Museum, the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and the Feerick Center at Fordham. He earned the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Project Leadership Award in 2008.