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Joseph Greenaway

Lecturer on Law

Spring 2024

Joseph Greenaway
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Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. received his commission from President Obama as the sixty-second 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, Judge Greenaway was promoted to Chief of the Narcotics Bureau. He prosecuted the government’s case against Wayne Pray, a.k.a. AAkbar,@ which resulted in Akbar 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 healthcare conglomerate. On July 26, 1996, at the age of thirty-eight, Judge Greenaway received his commission from President Clinton as the sixty-seventh 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, Judge Greenaway 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. Since the fall of 2018, Judge Greenaway has taught a course on great cases of the Supreme Court at Harvard Law School.

In November 1996, Judge Greenaway received the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s Distinguished Service Award. He 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 YMWCA of Newark. The New Jersey Women Lawyers Association presented the 2011 Trailblazer Award to Judge Greenaway. Judge Greenaway received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Suffolk University in 2013. Columbia University recognized Judge Greenaway with an Alumni Medal in 2014. In 2015, the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey recognized Judge Greenaway with the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award. His alma mater, the Bronx High School of Science, inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2018. Judge Greenaway also received the Villanova Law Medallion Award in 2018. In 2020, the Essex County Bar Association recognized Judge Greenway with the Walter A. Lucas Special Merit Award.

Judge Greenaway has presented several speeches. Most notable among them are the inaugural lecture in the Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. Lecture Series on Law and Justice at Birmingham City University School of Law in 2019, as well as the second lecture in that series, entitled Transatlantic Justice: Slavery in the Judicial Imagination. As part of the 2021 Greenaway Lecture Series, Judge Greenaway presided over the Global Constitutional Dialogue Series: Proposing a Bill of Rights for the 21st Century. In 2022, Judge Greenaway delivered Seton Hall University School of Law’s annual Diversity Speaks: Distinguished Speaker Series lecture. In addition to these speeches, Judge Greenaway also presented the Villanova commencement address in 2018, the Cardozo School of Law commencement address in 2006 and the Class Day address at Columbia College’s commencement in 1998.

In 1998, he presented Rutgers Law School’s Weintraub Lecture, which was published as Judicial Decision Making and the External Environment, 51 Rutgers L. Rev. 181 (1998). Judge Greenaway’s other publications include: New York Times v. Sullivan – It was never about libel, forthcoming Summer 2022 Litigation Journal; A Judge Comments, 48 Litig. 42 (2022); Foreword to HANDBOOK OF AUTISM SPECTRUM AND THE LAW, Volkmar, et al.; Speak at Your Own Peril: Inaugural Lecture, Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. Lecture Series on Law and Justice, 9 Brit. J. of Am. Legal Stud. 1 (2020); Diversity in the Law, 43 Litig. 6 (2017); The Promise of America, 37 Cardozo L. Rev. 1167 (2016); 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?, 1 Colum. J. Race & L. 163 (2011); The Evidence Rules Every New Trial Lawyer Should Know, 36 Litig. 3 (2010); Are We Our Brother’s Keeper – An Oath for the Profession, 35 Litig. 3 (2008); Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equal Justice, 29 Litig. 6 (2003).


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