By Nick Stamatakis
Judge Gregory G. Katsas, a member of the Ditstrict of Columbia Circuit Court (appointed in 2017) was included today in the 20-judge list presented by President Trump as his prospective Supreme Court nominees. A mere look at Judge Katsas’ impressive bio (below) from the website of the Circuit Court reveals a truly bright legal mind… As far as his personal background and his ties to the Greek American community, we have learned that he was married in the Greek Orthodox Church and his nuptial ceremony was performed by Fr. Vassilios Bassakyros (recently forcibly retired from St.John the Baptist Church in NYC).
Below you can see a photo (By Stavros Papagermanos) at the day of his investiture at the DC Circuit (April 27, 2018). Following the investiture ceremony His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America is surrounded by (L to R) Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos, Fr. Vasilios Bassakyros, Judge Gregory Katsas, and Frs. Konstantinos Pavlakos and Steven Zorzos.
We read from the GOA website:
“The Investiture took place in the ceremonial courtroom of the United States Courthouse, with over 150 people in attendance, including Supreme Court Justices, White House staff, members of Congress, clergy, past and present colleagues, family and friends. Judge Katsas is only the 62nd judge to hold this prestigious office.
In the presence of the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John G. Roberts, Jr. and the sitting judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, the oaths of investiture were administered by Associate Justices of the Supreme Court Clarence Thomas, for whom Judge Katsas clerked during his first term on the high court, and Neil Gorsuch, with whom he worked closely at the Department of Justice.
Married with two daughters, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Judge Katsas is a devout steward of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church of Falls Church, Virginia, and is as distinguished by his humility as he is by his brilliance.”
JUDGE KATSAS BIO FROM THE DC CIRCUIT’S WEBSITE
Judge Katsas was appointed to the D.C. Circuit in December 2017. He graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, where he was an executive editor on the Harvard Law Review. Between 1989 and 1992, he served as a law clerk to Judge Edward Becker on the Third Circuit, to then-Judge Clarence Thomas on the D.C. Circuit, and to Justice Thomas on the Supreme Court. Between 1992 and 2001, he was an associate and then partner in the Washington office of Jones Day, where he specialized in appellate and complex civil litigation. Between 2001 and 2009, he served in many senior positions in the Department of Justice, including as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and as Acting Associate Attorney General. In 2009, he returned to Jones Day. From January to December 2017, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President.
Before joining the bench, Judge Katsas argued more than 75 appeals, including three cases in the Supreme Court, 13 cases in the D.C. Circuit, and cases in every other federal court of appeals. By appointment of the Chief Justice, he served on the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules from 2013 to 2017. In 2016, he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
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