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Bernard Newman, American federal judge. Bar: New York 1930. Recipient Silver medal National Essay Contest; named Merit Man for New York City; cited by International Trade Board, New York University.


Newman was born October 28, 1907, in New York, at the same address as Louis Lefkowitz, the later New York State Attorney General, who would become his friend.


He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1928 from New York University Washington Square College. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1929 from New York University School of Law.


Early life and education\r\nAfter entering the bar in 1930, he started the law partnership Newman & Newman where he worked until 1936. He was a corporation counsel for New York City from 1936 to 1942. He was a law secretary to Justice Samuel H. Hofstadter at the New York Court of Appeals from 1942 to 1948, a time when he befriended Carmine DeSapio, the later Secretary of State of New York.

He served as an official referee of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court from 1948 to 1962. In 1958 he became the New York County Republican chairman. After the party structure in Manhattan was rearranged in 1961, he became a judge at the family court in 1962, and he was appointed later to the State Supreme Court.

He again served in private practice in New York City from 1963 to 1965. He served as a hearing office to both the New York State Labor Relations Board and New York State Mediation Board from 1963 to 1965. He served as a Judge for the Family Court of the State of New York from 1966 to 1968.

On May 29, 1968, President Johnson nominated Newman to serve as a Judge of the United States Customs Court, to the seat vacated by Judge Mary H. Donlon. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 24, 1968, and received his commission the same day. On November 1, 1980, he was transferred by operation of law to the newly created United States Court of International Trade.

He took senior status on December 31, 1983, and served in that capacity until his death. He was succeeded by Judge Dominick L. DiCarlo. Newman died on April 22, 1999 in New York City.


  • Bar: New York 1930.


President Parent-Teachers Association High School of Science, New York City, 1953-1956, Bentley High School, 1955-1956. Member Executive Committee Federation Jewish Philanthropies. Republican district leader, 1955-1962.

Counsel New York Republican County Committee, 1957-1958, chairman, 1958-1962. Mem.exec. committee New York Republican State Committee, 1958-1962. Delegate to judicial, state, national conversations.

Board directors Metropolitan advisory board Anti-Defamation League, LaGuardia Memorial Association, Civic Center Synagogue, Community Synagogue Center, New York City. Director congregations Jewish synagogue, since 1950. Patron Metropolitan Opera Association, since 1962.

Served with United States Coast Guard, World World War World War II. Member American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Association of Bar of City of New York, Federal Bar Council, American Judicature Society, National Legal Aid Association, New York University Law Review Alumni Association (president 1958-1961, governor and board directors since 1956).


Married Kathryn Bereano, April 3, 1932. Children: Phyllis Newman Cechini, Helene Newman Bernstein.

Isidor J. Newman

Sarah C. (Berkowitz) Newman

Kathryn Bereano

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