FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2010

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR RAYMOND J. LOHIER TO BE CHOSEN FOR A VACANCY ON THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT


Lohier Has Had a Distinguished Legal Career in the Public and Private Sectors; Served as a Top Prosecutor for Financial Crimes in the Southern District

Schumer: An Outstanding Public Servant like Raymond J. Lohier is the Perfect Choice for a Spot on the Bench

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is recommending Raymond J. Lohier for a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  In a letter to President Obama, Schumer laid out several reasons Lohier would make an excellent fit for the job. Schumer said that Lohier’s intellect, experience, background, connections to the many communities in Brooklyn and New York City area, and demonstrated leadership skills would make him an excellence choice for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Schumer also said that he is highly capable and uniquely qualified for the position and recommended him enthusiastically for this important court.

 

“Raymond J. Lohier has had a long and distinguished career in public service serving the people of Brooklyn and all of New York,” Schumer said. “His outstanding leadership skills, his intellect, his commitment to justice, his deep connections to Brooklyn, and his extensive experience make him an exceptional choice for a position on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.”

 

Lohier is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a graduate of the New York University School of Law.  As a young lawyer, Mr. Lohier clerked for the Hon. Robert P. Patterson, Jr., who serves on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

 

Mr. Lohier went on to serve as an associate in the prestigious law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he handled a mix of complex civil and criminal cases.  During this time, he also served on the New York Gubernatorial Task Force on Minority Representation on the Bench.

 

His most recent time in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York has rounded out his experience with the judicial system and proven his dedication to public service.  Mr. Lohier was promoted through the ranks of one of the country’s most prestigious law enforcement offices with unusual speed.  He began as an Assistant United States Attorney in 2000; became deputy chief and then chief of the Narcotics Unit; and rose to deputy chief, and finally, chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. In this most recent job, Mr. Lohier is on the front lines of the war against financial fraud, which is currently one of the most important missions of the Department of Justice.

 

Finally, Mr. Lohier has demonstrated his dedication to his community and his profession. He serves as the First Vice-Chairperson of the Brooklyn Community Board 6, and has held leadership positions in local and national bar associations.

 

Schumer added, “It is rare to find a candidate with both the raw intelligence and the practical experience of Mr. Lohier. Mr. Lohier is not only a highly qualified candidate for the Second Circuit and a lawyer whose views have been tempered by a broad range of experiences, but, as a proud Haitian American, he is a candidate who would enhance the diversity of the federal bench.”

 

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