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Peter Keeton Leisure

Peter Keeton Leisure, American federal judge. Bar: New York 1959, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1966, District of Columbia 1979, United States District Court Connecticut 1981. Recipient Ellis Island medal of honor, 2000.


  • Leisure, Peter Keeton was born on March 21, 1929 in New York City. Son of George S. and Lucille E. (Pelouze) Leisure.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1952;Bachelor of Laws, University Virginia, 1958.


    • Associate Breed, Abbott & Morgan, 1958-1961. Assistant United States attorney Southern District New York, 1962-1966. Partner firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, 1967-1978.

      Partner Whitman & Ransom, New York City, 1978-1984. Judge United States District Court (southern district) New York, 1984—1997, senior judge, since 1997.


    Board directors Retarded Infants Services, 1968-1978, president, 1971-1975. Board directors Community Council of Greater New York, 1972-1979, Youth Consultation Services, 1971-1978. Trustee Church Club of New York, 1973-1981, 87-90.

    Member judicial ethics committee Judicial Conference, 1990-1993, fin disclosure committee 1st lieutenant United States Army Reserve, 1953-1955. Fellow: American College Trial Lawyers, American Bar Foundation. Member: American Bar Association, Federal Bar Council (trustee, vice president 1973-1978), District of Columbia Bar Association, American Judges Association, Federal Judges Association, American Law Institute, National Lawyers Club (honorary).


    • Married Kathleen Blair. February 27, 1960; children: Lucille K. (deceased), Mary Blair, Kathleen K.
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    Born March 21, 1929