The Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.
United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. received his commission from President Barack Obama as the 62nd jurist appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit on Feb.12, 2010. Judge Greenaway was sworn in on February 24, 2010. He sits in Newark, N.J. Judge Greenaway earned his B.A. in history from Columbia College in 1978 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1981.
His legal career began as a litigation associate with the New York City law firm of Kramer, Levin, Nessen, Kamin and Frankel. After a clerkship with the late Hon. Vincent L. Broderick of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, he returned to the Kramer, Levin firm for two years. In 1985, Judge Greenaway joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. After several years, Judge Greenaway was promoted to Chief of the narcotics bureau. He prosecuted the government’s case against Wayne Pray, aka “Akbar,” which resulted in Akbar being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, he served as in-house counsel for Johnson & Johnson, the healthcare conglomerate. On July 26, 1996, at the age of 38, Judge Greenaway received his commission from President Clinton as the 67th jurist appointed to the federal bench in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Judge Greenaway was sworn in as a federal judge on Sept. 20, 1996. Judge Greenaway is Chair Emeritus of the Columbia College Black Alumni Council, a member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors, and a former secretary of the Columbia College Alumni Association. Judge Greenaway is a member of the American, National, and Garden State Bar Associations. From 2002 to 2006, Judge Greenaway was an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, N.J.. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he teaches a course on trial practice. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia College, where he teaches a seminar on the Supreme Court.
Judge Greenaway was the 1997 recipient of the Columbia University Medal for Excellence, the 1999 recipient of the Garden State Bar Association’s Distinguished Jurist Award, a 2003 recipient of Columbia College’s John Jay Award, a 2007 recipient of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence, and the 2007 recipient of the Roger M. Yancey Award from the Garden State Bar Association. In 2010, Judge Greenaway received the Scales of Justice Award of Excellence from the Caribbean Bar Association of New Jersey, and the Leaders and Legends Award from the YMWCA of Newark. The New Jersey Women Lawyers Association presented the 2011 Trailblazer Award to Judge Greenaway. In 1998, Judge Greenaway delivered the Class Day address at Columbia College’s commencement. In 2006, Judge Greenaway delivered the commencement address at Cardozo School of Law. He also presented Rutgers Law School’s Weintraub Lecture in 1998 (published as Judicial Decision Making and the External Environment, 51 Rutgers L. Rev. 181 (1998)). In November 1996, he received the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s Distinguished Service Award.