Raymond Joseph Dearie (born June 4, 1944) is an American lawyer who is serving as a Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and served as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on February 3, 1986, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333; confirmed by the United States Senate on March 14, 1986, and received his commission on March 19, 1986. Dearie took senior status in 2011.

Early life and Education

Born in Rockville Centre, New York, Dearie graduated from Fairfield University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1966. [3] He also received his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law in 1969, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the St. John's Law Review. [4]

Dearie received an Alumni Professional Achievement Award from Fairfield University in 1986. And he received an honoris causa, the degree of Doctor of Laws, from the St. John's University School of Law and delivered the school's Commencement speech to the graduating class in 2008. [4]


Dearie joined the New York City Bar Association and New York State Bar Association before beginning his legal career at Shearman & Sterling in 1969. Dearie subsequently worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where he served in the Appeals Division from 1971 to 1974, as the Chief of the General Crimes Section from 1974 to 1976, Head Chief of the Office's Criminal Division from 1976-1977 and briefly as the Executive assistant U.S. Attorney for the District in 1977. [5] He worked in private practice until 1980 before serving as the Chief assistant U.S. Attorney until 1982, when he was appointed the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York by President Ronald Reagan, serving from 1982 to 1986, before being appointed to the federal bench, by the recommendation of New York Senator Al D'Amato. [6]

Dearie was the judge that accepted Najibullah Zazi's plea bargain. [7] During his tenure on the U.S. District Court, he served as Chief Judge from 2007 until 2011, when he assumed senior status. [8] Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Dearie to a seven year term to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, where he succeeded Malcolm Jones Howard. [9] [11] In 2011, Dearie announced his intention to take senior status from the court, and was succeeded by Pamela Ki Mai Chen in March 2013. [2]