|Intro||United States federal judge|
|Was||Military officer Lawyer Judge Soldier Officer|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||25 November 1929, Rochester, USA|
|Death||5 March 2020 (aged 90 years)|
Michael Anthony Telesca (November 25, 1929 – March 5, 2020) was a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.
Education and career
Born in Rochester, New York, Telesca received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester in 1952 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1955. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1957. He was in private practice in Rochester from 1957 to 1972. He was a judge of the Surrogate Court in Monroe County, New York from 1973 to 1982.
Federal judicial service
On March 11, 1982, Telesca was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of New York vacated by Judge Harold P. Burke. Telesca was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 20, 1982, and received his commission on April 21, 1982. He served as Chief Judge from 1989 to 1995, assuming senior status on May 3, 1996. He served as a Judge of the Alien Terrorist Removal Court from the establishment of that court in 1996 until 2015, being initially appointed and reappointed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist and subsequently being reappointed two additional times by Chief Justice John Roberts. Telesca announced on January 8, 2020 that he planned to assume inactive senior status on May 3, 2020. He died on March 5, 2020.
- Michael Anthony Telesca at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Harold P. Burke
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York
Charles J. Siragusa
John Thomas Curtin
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York
David G. Larimer