Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Columbia College, B.A., 1978
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1981

Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. received his commission from President Obama as the 62nd jurist appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on February 12, 2010. Judge Greenaway was sworn in on February 24, 2010. He sits in Newark, New Jersey.  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 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, he was promoted to chief of the Narcotics Bureau. He prosecuted the government’s case against Wayne Pray, a.k.a. “Akbar,” which resulted in Akbar’s 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 health care 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 New Jersey. Judge Greenaway was sworn in as a federal judge on                     September 20, 1996.

Judge Greenaway is a member of the Columbia University Board of Trustees, a former member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors, chair emeritus of the Columbia College Black Alumni Council, 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, he was an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law in Newark. From 2007 to 2012, he served as an adjunct professor at Columbia College, where he taught a seminar on the Supreme Court. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Cardozo School of Law, where he teaches courses on trial practice and appellate advocacy.

Judge Greenaway was the 1997 recipient of the Columbia University Medal of 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 YMCA of Newark. The New Jersey Women Lawyers Association presented the 2011 Trailblazer Award to Judge Greenaway. Judge Greenaway was a Columbia University Alumni Medalist in 2014.  In November 1996, he received the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2015, the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey recognized Judge Greenaway with the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award.

In 1998, Judge Greenaway delivered the Class Day address at Columbia College’s commencement. In 2006, he gave the commencement address at Cardozo School of Law. He also presented Rutgers Law School’s Weintraub Lecture in 1998, which was published as “Judicial Decision Making and the External Environment,” Rutgers Law Review 51 (1998). Judge Greenaway’s other publications include:  “Interview with Gary Naftalis,” 41 Litig. 17 (2014); “Sua Sponte — Commentary on How to Winnow Arguments on Appeal,” 40 Litig. 31 (2014); “Have We Crossed the Bridge Yet?,” Columbia Journal of Race and Law 1 (2011); “The Evidence Rules Every New Trial Lawyer Should Know,” Litigation 36, no. 4 (2010); “Are We Our Brother’s Keeper—An Oath for the Profession,” Litigation 35, no. 3 (2008); “Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equal Justice,” Litigation 29, no. 4 (2003), and "Diversity in the Law," 43 Litig. 6 (2017).