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  Name:   Honorable Henry Kennedy, Jr.
Month: February 2006
Schools: Princeton University, AB, 1970
Harvard Law School, JD, 1973
Title: United States District Judge

Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. is a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. He was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton in 1997. Prior to this appointment, Judge Kennedy served for 17 years on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, a judicial post to which he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter. Judge Kennedy began his legal career with the law firm of Jones Day Reavis and Pogue and soon thereafter became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Judge Kennedy's first judicial post was as a United States Magistrate for the District of Columbia. Appointed when he was 28 years old, it is likely that he was the youngest person ever to be appointed to this federal judicial office.

Judge Kennedy received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University where he studied in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. While at Princeton, Judge Kennedy played on the University's varsity tennis team and was a founder of "Community House," an extracurricular program that presents Princeton Students an outlet to serve the broader Princeton Community beyond the gates of the University. Started in 1969, this program continues to this day.

Judge Kennedy is a former Trustee of Princeton University. He has served on the Board of Directors and in leadership positions for numerous organizations many of which attempt to use competitive tennis to teach and instill in at-risk youth discipline and pertinacity, traits that will enable them to excel no matter what they eventually choose to do. Currently, Judge Kennedy serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation and the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland.

An avid competitive tennis player, Judge Kennedy has been nationally ranked for the past 10 years and is the #1 ranked player in the 55 years and older division of the Middle Atlantic Section of the United States Tennis Association.

Judge Kennedy is married to Altomease Rucker Kennedy. They have two children, Morgan and Alexandra, both of whom attend Princeton University.



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