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Law; Judge Kevin Thomas Duffy


I first met Judge Kevin Duffy in 1957 when we were both sworn in as Assistant United States Attorneys in the Southern District of New York. Both of us were protégés of Judge J. Edward Lumbard—I had worked in his office during the summer of 1954 when he was U.S. Attorney, and Kevin had just finished clerking for him. He had strongly urged both of us to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office (the “Office”). We both looked up to him enormously. (Later, when Kevin became a district judge, and Judge Lumbard was on the Second Circuit, they had an arrangement where for one month during the year they would exchange law clerks; Judge Lumbard’s would get the experience of being district court clerks, and Kevin’s would get the experience of being circuit court clerks.)

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