Peter W. Hall

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Peter Hall
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Hall (center) with Senators Jeffords (left) and Leahy after his confirmation hearing
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Assumed office
July 7, 2004
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Fred Parker
Personal details
Born (1948-11-09) November 9, 1948 (age 70)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (B.A., M.A.)
Cornell Law School (J.D.)

Peter Welles Hall (born November 9, 1948) is a federal judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Hall began his university education at the University of North Carolina and received a B.A. and M.A. He earned his J.D. at Cornell Law School. During his third year of law school, Hall served as President of the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic. After law school, Hall clerked for federal district judge Albert Coffrin.

Hall's legal career prior to joining the federal bench was divided between the United States Attorney's Office and private practice. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for Vermont from 1978-1986 before going into private practice. Following George W. Bush's election to the Presidency in 2001, Hall returned to the federal government, this time as the United States Attorney for Vermont. He served in that position until his appointment to the Second Circuit.

Federal judicial service

President Bush nominated Hall to the Second Circuit on December 9, 2003, to fill the vacancy left by Judge Fred I. Parker. Supported by Vermont Senators Jim Jeffords and Patrick Leahy, Hall's nomination was uncontroversial, and he was confirmed on June 24, 2004, by voice vote. He received his judicial commission on July 7, 2004.

Notable opinions

Hall has written opinions on United States v. Wei Guang Wang, an immigration case; United States v. Feliz, an interpretation of the U.S. Supreme Court's Crawford v. Washington precedent; and United States v. Stewart, affirming the 2004 perjury conviction of Martha Stewart.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Fred Parker
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit