Frank Geraci Jr. '77 to Join Federal Court in New York

12.14.2012 | Law

Frank Geraci Jr. ’77 of Rochester, N.Y., will join the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, after the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination Dec. 13.

Geraci, who also received a B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton in 1973, expects to be in federal court at the start of 2013.

He told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that the federal issues and constitutional issues that he will consider as a member of the district court will be "intellectually stimulating and interesting to tackle."

"I’m really looking forward to joining the people over in federal court,” Geraci said. “The work’s going to be a challenge but I’ll do everything I can to serve the district well.”

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York recommended Geraci for a seat on the district court, and in May President Obama nominated the judge for the position.

Since 1999, Geraci has served as a Monroe County Court judge in Rochester, where he primarily handled criminal felony matters. He was reelected in 2009. He also has served as an acting state Supreme Court justice since 2000.

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 was 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, communication specialist at the University of Dayton School of Law, at 937-229-4683 or bob.mihalek@udayton.edu.