Chief Judge Timothy Stanceu of the United States Court of International Trade announced that he will assume senior status on April 5, 2021. Stanceu joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush (R). He became the chief judge on July 1, 2014.
Stanceu graduated from Colgate University with his bachelor’s degree in 1973 and received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1979. Prior to joining the court, Stanceu served as a private practice attorney and on multiple government councils.
The United States Court of International Trade is an Article III federal court. The Customs Court Act of 1980 replaced the former United States Customs Court with the United States Court of International Trade. The court sits in New York City, although it is authorized to sit elsewhere, including in foreign nations.
As of March 10, 2021, there were 70 vacancies out of 890 active federal judicial positions. Of those, 67 were for Article III life-term judgeships.