Wednesday May 30, 2012

Judge Frank Geraci, '73 and '77 graduate, Nominated for Federal Bench

Judge Frank Geraci, a double University of Dayton graduate, has been nominated for a seat on a federal court in New York.

Frank Geraci ’77, a judge in Rochester, N.Y., has been nominated by the White House for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. He also received his B.A. from the University of Dayton in 1973.  

Geraci now needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. His nomination will first be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. If approved by the committee, Geraci’s nomination would go to the full Senate for consideration.  

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York recommended Geraci for the position. “Judge Geraci’s first-rate legal mind, steadfast dedication to the professional administration of justice and deep knowledge of Monroe County and Western New York will make him an incredible judge for the federal bench,” Schumer said in a statement.  

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that a substantial majority of the American Bar Association’s rating committee considers Geraci “well qualified” to serve as a federal judge. 

Since 1999, Geraci has served as a Monroe County Court judge in Rochester, where he primarily handles criminal felony matters. From 1992 to 1998, he was a judge on the Rochester City Court, where he presided over various types of civil cases, criminal misdemeanors and pretrial felony matters.  

Geraci was a partner at the law firm of Geraci & Feldman from 1987 until his election.  

Previously, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of New York from 1983 to 1987. As an assistant U.S. attorney, Geraci represented the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Geraci was also assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Task Force in Rochester.  

He also was as a special assistant district attorney in the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office from 1978 to 1983, when he served as chief of special investigations bureau and chief of the DWI Bureau.   In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor at St. John Fisher College in Rochester and founded the Rochester Teen Court. 

For more information, contact Bob Mihalek at 937-229-4683.