Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of June 7, 2010

Honorable Timothy  Rice

Federal Magistrate Judge

Judge Timothy Rice has been a Federal magistrate judge since 2005.  Before coming to the bench, Tim spent seventeen years working for the Justice Department as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  He served as Chief of the Eastern District’s Financial Crimes Section from 1995-1997 and later as Chief of the Public Corruption Section from 1997-2002.  In his last three years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Tim served as Chief of the Criminal Division.  While obtaining his law degree magna cum laude from Temple University, he held the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Temple Law Review.  After graduating he clerked for Judge Anthony Scirica of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  Before attending law school, Tim worked for four years as a news reporter for the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York.  Despite his busy schedule presiding over a wide range of criminal and civil matters, Tim makes time to give back to his community and his country.  He has taught courses at the Temple University School of Law since 1990, and he was appointed last year by Chief Justice John Roberts to serve on the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure of the U.S. Judicial Conference.  Tim volunteers his time with a number of charitable Catholic organizations, such as the St. Vincent De Paul Society and ResponseAbility.  He also works with Philadelphia Reads, a literacy mentorship program for second-grade students.  As a magistrate judge, Tim cofounded the Supervision to Aid Re-entry – or “STAR” – program to help reduce recidivism among ex-offenders.  Not only has the three year-old STAR program helped dozens of ex-offenders make a smoother transition back into society, it has also saved the Federal prison system an estimated $380,000.  With volunteers from the court system, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and area law schools, as well as support from local charitable organizations, the STAR program mentors ex-offenders to finish high school or college, find employment, and avoid a return to crime.  Thanks in large part to Tim’s commitment, energy, and vision, the STAR model is being replicated elsewhere around the country.   

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Judge Timothy Rice HERE

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