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Analisa Torres
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #15
Service:
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   4/18/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   Naomi Buchwald
Past post:   New York Supreme Court 1st Judicial District
Past term:   2004 - 2013
Personal History
Born:   1959
Hometown:   New York, NY
Undergraduate:   Harvard, A.B., 1981
Law School:   Columbia Law, J.D., 1984
Candidate 2011:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court, 1st District
State:  New York
Election information 2011:
Incumbent:  No
Election date:  November 8, 2011
Election vote:  19.8%ApprovedA
Analisa Torres is a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She joined the court in 2013 after a nomination from Barack Obama. At the time of nomination, Torres was a justice of the Supreme Court 1st Judicial District of New York. She was elected to this position on November 8, 2011 for a 14-year term.[1]

Early life and education

Torres received her A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1981 and her J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1984.[2]

Professional career

Federal judicial nomination

Southern District of New York

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Analisa Torres
 Court:Southern District of New York
 Progress:Confirmed 154 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:November 15, 2012
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Qualified
ApprovedAQuestionnaire:Questionnaire
ApprovedAHearing:January 23, 2013
ApprovedAQFRs:QFRs
ApprovedAReported:February 14, 2013 
ApprovedAConfirmed:April 18, 2013
 Vote: Voice Vote

Torres was nominated on November 15, 2012 by Barack Obama to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by Naomi Buchwald.[4] Obama commented on the nomination, stating, "These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system. They also represent my continued commitment to ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity. Too many of our courtrooms stand empty. I hope the Senate will promptly consider all of my nominees and ensure justice for everyday Americans."[5][6]

Torres's nomination was returned to the president on January 3, 2013. The nomination was resubmitted on January 4, 2013.[7]

Torres was rated Unanimously Qualified by the American Bar Association. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 23, 2013 and you can find her Committee Questionnaire available here and her Questions for the Record available here.[7]

On April 18, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed Analisa Torres to an Article III post for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York with a voice vote.[7][8]

Notable cases

Weird Al Yankovic royalties settlement (2013)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Ear Booker Enterprises v. Sony Music Entertainment, 1:12-cv-02385-AT)

In March 2012, Ear Booker Enterprises, a company owned by parodist Weird Al Yankovic, filed suit against Sony Music Entertainment alleging that the artist was owed approximately $5 million in unpaid music royalties. Specifically, Ear Booker alleged that the record label treated digital downloads as sales as opposed to licenses, resulting in income to the singer of 15 percent rather than 50 percent. In addition, Ear Booker requested payments from settlements reached by Sony with third party music programs such as Spotify, Vevo, Napster, Kazaa, and Grokster. On December 16, 2013, the parties settled the case and filed a stipulation of dismissal, signed by Judge Torres. The details of the settlement were not disclosed to the public.[9][10][11]


In October 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit assigned Judge Torres to take over the case over New York City's controversial "Stop-and-Frisk" program. Torres was assigned to the case after Judge Shira Scheindlin was removed by the appellate court. For more information, see the Second Circuit page. [12]

2011 election

Torres was elected Supreme Court Justice without opposition on November 8, 2011. She was one of five candidates running for five seats on the court and received 19.8% of the vote.[13][14]

See also: New York judicial elections, 2011

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Naomi Buchwald
Southern District of New York
2013–Present
Succeeded by:
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