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Dominick Leonard DiCarlo was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


Dominick L. DiCarlo was born in Brooklyn on March 11, 1928, and raised in the Bay Ridge neighborhood.


He was educated at St. John's College, receiving a B.A. in 1950. He then attended the St. John's University School of Law, graduating with an LL.B. in 1953. He completed his education at the New York University School of Law, receiving an LL.M. in 1957.


He was admitted to the bar in 1954. A practicing attorney since 1954, in 1959 he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. In this capacity, in 1960 he became Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.

He left the United States Department of Justice in 1962. From 1962 to 1965, he was counsel to the minority leader of the New York City Council. From 1975 to 1978, he was Deputy Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly.

In July 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced his intention to nominate DiCarlo as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters. Following Senate confirmation, DiCarlo held this office from September 25, 1981, to July 13, 1984. He spent much of his time in office trying to persuade foreign leaders to supplant fields of opium poppies with other crops.

On May 25, 1984, President Reagan nominated DiCarlo to replace Bernard Newman as a judge on the United States Court of International Trade. He was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission on June 11. President George H. W. Bush promoted DiCarlo to Chief Judge of the United States Court of International Trade, a position he held until October 31, 1996, at which time he assumed senior status.

DiCarlo died on April 27, 1999, after suffering a heart attack while exercising in the gym at the James L. Watson Court of International Trade Building. The Annual DiCarlo Lecture in International Law at John Marshall Law School is named in his honor.


He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1965 to 1981. Ronald Reagan's first Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters from 1981 to 1984. And a judge of the United States Court of International Trade from 1984 to 1999.

DiCarlo was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1965 to 1981, sitting in the 175th, 176th, 177th, 178th, 179th, 180th, 181st, 182nd, 183rd and 184th New York State Legislatures. He was Vice Chairman of the New York Joint Legislative Committee on Crime from 1969 to 1970. Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Codes and an ex officio member of the New York Law Revision Commission and the Judicial Conference of the State of New York from 1971 to 1974.

And Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Correctional Institutions and Programs (appointed in the wake of the Attica Prison riot) from 1972 to 1973 In 1973, he was the only Republican in the State Assembly who voted against the Rockefeller drug laws.


Married Esther Hansen (deceased). Children: Vincent, Carl, Robert, Barbara DiCarlo Basgaard. Married Susan L. Hauck.