Bar News - February 23, 2007
Judge DiClerico Shifts to Senior Status
US District Court Judge Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr., who has served as both a state and federal judge for 30 years, will assume senior status on March 15.
As a federal judge on senior status, DiClerico, who turns 66 this year, will continue to hear civil and criminal cases, but on a reduced caseload basis. He will continue to participate in federal judiciary committees and will sit on occasion with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
According to federal court statistics, senior judges hear more than 20 percent of the cases in the federal judiciary, playing a crucial role in assisting the courts, particularly when caseloads exceed current judicial capacity and in the lapse of time between the creation of vacancies and when new judges are confirmed.
DiClerico, appointed in 1992 to the US District Court bench by President George H. W. Bush, served for five years as chief judge of the US District Court in New Hampshire (1992-97). His long tenure on the NH Superior Court (1977-91) was capped by a year as chief justice before his appointment to the federal bench.
After obtaining his law degree from Yale Law School in 1966, he worked as a law clerk for the Hon. Aloysius Conner at the US District Court in NH for a year, and as the first law clerk for the NH Supreme Court for a year. He then practiced privately for several years with the law firm of Cleveland Waters & Bass, until he joined the NH Attorney Generalís office in 1970, where he worked until his appointment to the state bench in 1977.