Jim Maloney graduated from Maritime in 1980, after having been among the first to join the new Humanities Study Area Concentration. From 1980 to 1987, he made his living as a licensed deck officer on American merchant ships, returning to the College to teach aboard the Training Ship Empire State V for the 1985 Summer Sea Term and then teaching Electronic Navigation during Spring 1986. Later that year, he completed a paramedic training program in which he had enrolled in order to be better prepared for handling medical emergencies at sea. In 1987, Maloney was offered, and accepted, a job as a paramedic at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. While working full-time in that capacity, Jim attended Fordham Law School's evening program. He was a member of the Fordham Law Review, where he authored and published two articles on constitutional law while a student (see below). Maloney also received awards in Admiralty and International Law upon his graduation in 1995. Jim next worked as an associate attorney at two historic New York maritime law firms, Burlingham Underwood and Kirlin Campbell & Keating. He began his private solo practice in late 1999, and earned a Master of Laws degree from NYU Law School in 2004 in a self-designed program in Constitutional Law, studying federalism and federal systems such as those that exist in the United States, Germany and the European Union. Among his professors there were Dieter Grimm, formerly a judge on the Bundesverfassungsgericht (German Federal Constitutional Court), and András Sájo (since 2008 a judge on the European Court of Human Rights).
In addition to practicing maritime law, Maloney has pursued constitutional claims in federal court both on behalf of clients and in his own name, his best known case being one he began in 2003 involving the right to keep and bear arms (specifically, the martial-arts weapon known as the nunchaku), which reached the United States Supreme Court as Maloney v. Rice (2010), and which is now once again in litigation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He also currently represents a plaintiff in another federal case challenging New York's criminalization of the peaceful possession of nunchaku in one's own home. That case was commenced in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York in 2013, but has been stayed (opinion here) pending the final outcome in Maloney's ongoing 2003 case. Jim also sought to protect the rights of an international traveler against New York's criminalization of the transport of nunchaku in checked baggage, which is in accord with TSA regulations.
Since 2011, Maloney has served as a court-annexed mediator at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Jim is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey, and before numerous federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, the Court of International Trade, the Court of Federal Claims, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, Northern District of Florida, Eastern District of Texas, Northern District of Illinois, District of Connecticut, and District of New Jersey. He is a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and a member of the Marine Society of the City of New York. His last Coast Guard license expired in 2002, but from 2001 to 2009, Maloney taught an adult education course on Celestial Navigation in his local school district. Jim still has his sextant and is prepared to use it.*
Selected Publications and Work Product
Other Links of Possible Interest
"The Saga of Fort Schuyler" (manuscript of James Harvey Tomb, 1943)*
Margaret Tracy and Balbina Johnson: The Women Behind Bacitracin (another tale from 1943)*
How to Make Natto (Japanese fermented soybeans) (using same species of bacteria as in Bacitracin)
Repository of Documents filed in Maloney v. Rice (maintained by Michel & Associates, P.C.)
"When NROTC Was Lost and Returned" at SUNY Maritime (News From Fort Schuyler, 1999)
Interview with Jim Maloney (pp. 8-10, Summer 2014 issue of Fort Schuyler MARINER)
"What Good Is Celestial Navigation?" (pp. 22-25, November 2004 issue of Fort Schuyler MARINER)*
Letter to the Editor about Celestial Navigation at the U.S. Naval Academy (New York Times, May 22, 1998)
Feature Article on Nunchaku, Kevin Orcutt, and Jim Maloney (Westword, August 6, 2009)
Guest Post on The Elliot Schlissel New York Law Blog (March 4, 2009)
N.Y, Attorney General Press Release of October 2002 (Spitzer: nunchaku, etc. have no place in "our homes")*
N.Y. Division of Criminal Justice Services Memorandum of April 1974 (opposing nunchaku ban) (html version)
N.Y. Division of Criminal Justice Services Memorandum of April 1974 (opposing nunchaku ban) (pdf version)*
"Venturing Out Across Mill Pond Road" (reflections on the death of a goose on August 27, 2015)*
* Links marked with an asterisk are to web pages captured and preserved on the Wayback Machine.