Judge Norman A. Mordue ‘64

The Honorable Norman A. Mordue is currently the Federal District Court Northern District of New York. He assumed this office in December of 1998 following his presidential Nomination and Senate Confirmation in October 1998. The Senate voted on Judge Mordue in just 16 days, the shortest time to confirm any judge Clinton administration. Judge Mordue graduated in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and returned to graduate from the College of Law in 1971.

Following his completion of ROTC as a Distinguished Military (Distinguished Military Student, he was commissioned into the Regular Army Lieutenant in the Infantry. After the Infantry Officers Basic Course, he reported to his platoon in C Company, 1″ Battalion, 12 Cavalry, First Air Cavalry Div. leading his platoon in the Republic of Vietnam, Lieutenant Mordue was Nation’s second highest military honor, the Distinguished Serve Cross for heroism, and Bronze Star with “V” device for valor for “courageous leadership, and tenacious devotion to duty.” He was medically retired as a Captain in December 1968 from wounds sustained in combat.

While in law school, Judge Mordue worked for two years in the Onom District Attorney’s Office. After graduating from Law School in 1971, he spent ten years at the District Attorney’s Office working his way from Law Clerk to Chief Assistant District Attorney in charge of Felony and Homicide prosecutions, with a 100% conviction rate. He was elected in a contested race for Onondaga County and served from 1983 to 1985. Thereafter, he was cross endorsed in 1985 parties, and he served for 13 years as a New York State Supreme Court formerly taught trial practice at the Syracuse University College of Law as Professor of Law.

Judge Mordue’s military decorations include: the Combat Infantryman Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star with “V” device, the Air Medal, Hear, and various Campaign and Service Medals. As a lawyer he is a member of the state and local bar associations in addition to his recognition as the highest rated lawyer for competence and integrity by the Martindale-Hubble service rating.

Judge Mordue is married to the former Christina A. Peterson. They have three children, Daniel Jackie, and Michael.