The Second Circuit Court of Appeals is formally known as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. It is one of the thirteen United States Courts of Appeal currently in use in the United States of America. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has jurisdiction over the States of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. This Court has appellate jurisdiction for district courts in:
The District of Connecticut,
The Northern District of New York,
The Eastern District of New York,
The Southern District of New York,
The Western District of New York, and
The District of Vermont.
When the building is not undergoing renovations, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ordinarily hears oral arguments in the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in lower Manhattan. The Thurgood Marshall United State Courthouse is named for a Justice who formerly served on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals before resigning to serve as United States Solicitor General, and later being elevated to become the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.
However, since that Courthouse has been under renovation since 2006, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has heard arguments across the street at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse. Some of the Court’s offices have relocated to the nearby Woolworth Building.
Since 1950, three justices on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals have been elevated to the Supreme Court: Justice John Marshal Harlan II (nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower), Justice Marshall (elevated by President Lyndon Baines Johnson), and Justice Sonia Sotomayor (elevated by President Barack Obama).