United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

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Southern District of New York
Second Circuit
Chief:Loretta PreskaJudges:28
Active judges
AbramsBriccettiBroderickCarter, Jr.CastelCaproniCrottyDanielsEngelmayerFaillaForrestFurmanGardepheKarasKoeltlMcMahonNathanOetkenPauleyRamosRomanSchofieldSeibelSullivanSwainTorresWoods
Senior Judges
BaerBattsBermanBuchwald CarterCote Cedarbaum ConnerDuffy Griesa Haight Hellerstein Kaplan KeenanGoettel Leisure Marrero McKenna Owen Patterson Rakoff SandScheindlin Stanton Stein Sweet Wood
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Kevin Fox
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York is a United States district court. The Southern District is one of the most influential and active federal district courts in the United States, largely because of its jurisdiction over New York's major financial centers.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Preet Bharara .[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court has no vacancies of its 28 posts.


The Counties of the Southern District of New York (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Southern District of New York consists of all the following counties in the southern part of the state of New York.

The court shares geographic jurisdiction over New York City with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, which manages Brooklyn, Queens, and Richmond (Staten Island) counties, along with Nassau and Suffolk on Long Island.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney for the district is Preet Bharara. Courthouses are located in Manhattan and White Plains.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals based in Lower Manhattan at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

The Southern District of New York has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 19791128783266912195 2047414.97.84177(28.8%)68.416
2011 28337120484038520992 1939314.338.53895 (26.7%)85.410
2010 27912128254073712833 2790413.58.110317(44.3%)31.99
2009 27600143844198413471 2851312.76.44080(17.7%)4.410
2008 26659141524081113005 2780616.58.43385(14.8%)19.212
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
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Clerk's office

The Southern District of New York has two separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m, though papers may be submitted after hours by using the night depository at 500 Pearl Street, Worth Street. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Courthouse Address Phone number
Manhattan Courthouse Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse

500 Pearl Street
New York, New York 10007

(212) 805-0136
White Plains Courthouse Hon. Charles L. Brieant Jr.

Federal Building and United States Courthouse
300 Quarrapos Street
White Plains, New York 10601

(914) 390-4100


Court history

The Southern District is a successor to the original District of New York, which was split into Northern and Southern Districts on April 9, 1814. The United States District Court for the District of New York was the first District Court ever convened under the sovereignty of the United States, with Judge James Duane presiding on November 3, 1789. Over its history, the court grew to 28 permanent judicial posts and one temporary post that remains so.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of New York:

Year Statute Total Seats
September 1789 1 Stat. 73 1 (District of New York)
April 9, 1814 3 Stat. 120 1 (Creation of court)
February 9, 1903 32 Stat. 805 2
May 26, 1906 34 Stat. 202 3
March 2, 1909 35 Stat. 685 4
September 14, 1922 42 Stat. 837 4 (2 temporary)
February 26, 1929 45 Stat. 1317 7 (2 temporary)
August 19, 1935 49 Stat. 659 9
June 15, 1936 49 Stat. 1491 11
May 31, 1938 52 Stat. 585 11 (1 temporary)
March 24, 1940 54 Stat. 219 11 (2 temporary)
June 8, 1940 54 Stat. 253 12 (1 temporary)
August 3, 1949 63 Stat. 493 16 (1 temporary)
February 10, 1954 68 Stat. 8 18 (1 temporary)
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 24 (1 temporary)
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 27 (1 temporary)
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 28 (1 temporary)

Notable cases

For a list of notable decisions, please see Opinions for the Southern District of New York.

Federal courthouse

The court's main office is housed in the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse in New York.[98]

Effect of 2013 Government shutdown

On October 1, 2013, Chief Judge Loretta Preska stayed all civil cases in which the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York was a participant, with the exception of civil forfeiture cases. The stay was effective until October 18, 2013, the day after the end of the federal shutdown.[99][100]

The United States Department of Justice responded to the shutdown with a contingency plan concerning U.S. Attorney's Offices across the nation:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

As Presidential Appointees, U.S. Attorneys are not subject to furlough. Excepted employees are needed to address ongoing criminal matters and civil matters of urgency throughout the Nation. Criminal litigation will continue without interruption as an excepted activity to maintain the safety of human life and the protection of property. Civil litigation will be curtailed or postponed to the extent this can be done without compromising to a significant degree the safety of human life or the protection of property. If a court denies a litigator’s request to postpone a case and orders it to continue, the litigation will become an excepted activity that can continue during the lapse. Headquarters support will be maintained only to the extent necessary to support current operations.[101]

Major news

For new stories and other related material see New York judicial news.

See also

External links


  1. Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
  2. Court Clerk Information
  3. 3.0 3.1 History of the Districts of New York on the Federal Judicial Center website
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 New York Times, "Big Victory for Chevron Over Claims in Ecuador," March 4, 2014
  5. Charleston Gazette, "Federal judge: NSA actions not unconstitutional," December 27, 2013
  6. Los Angeles Times, "Federal judge says NSA phone data collection is constitutional," December 27, 2013
  7. NBC News, "Federal judge upholds NSA telephone data collection," December 27, 2013
  8. Reuters, "U.S. judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful," December 27, 2013
  9. American Civil Liberties Union, "ACLU Appeals Dismissal of Lawsuit Challenging NSA Call-Tracking Program," January 2, 2014
  10. New Haven Independent, "Federal Judge Orders Alderman’s “Killer” Freed," December 17, 2013
  11. New York Times, "Judge Orders Freedom or Retrial for Connecticut Man Jailed Since ’95," December 17, 2013
  12. Columbia Law School: Press Release, "Professor Brett Dignam, Clinic Students Win Hard-Fought Case for Man Wrongfully Imprisoned 18 Years," December 17, 2013
  13. Courthouse News Service, “Weird Al Yankovic,” April 2, 2013
  14. Courthouse News Service, “Weird Al, Sony Settle $5M Royalty Lawsuit,” December 17, 2013
  15. Hollywood Reporter, “'Weird Al' Yankovic Settles $5 Million Lawsuit Against Sony Music,” December 18, 2013
  16. Courthouse News Service, "Class Calls Match.com a Giant RICO Fraud," November 25, 2013
  17. Bloomberg, "IAC Sued Over Profiles with Fake Photos on Dating Site Match.com," December 3, 2013
  18. Daily Dot, "Bail denied for LulzSec hacker Jeremy Hammond," November 21, 2012
  19. RT, "Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison," November 23, 2012
  20. Village Voice, "Judge in Jeremy Hammond Case Won't Recuse Herself," February 21, 2013
  21. U.S. Attorneys Office (S.D.N.Y.) Press Release, "Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Guilty Plea Of Jeremy Hammond For Hacking Into The Stratfor Website," May 28, 2013
  22. Rolling Stone, "Cyber-Activist Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison," November 15, 2013
  23. New York Times, "Court Says New York Neglected Disabled in Emergencies," November 7, 2013
  24. Gothamist, "NYC Violates Federal Law With Weak Emergency Plans For Disabled, Judge Rules," November 8, 2013
  25. CNN Money, "Strippers win labor fight in New York," September 11, 2013
  26. CBS New York, "Judge: Strippers Must Be Paid At Least Minimum Wage," September 11, 2013
  27. ABC News, "Rick's Cabaret Strippers Entitled to Minimum Wage," September 12, 2013
  28. Huffington Post, "Beastie Boys Lawsuit: Group Sued Over Alleged Copyright Infringement On 'Licensed To Ill' & 'Paul's Boutique'," May 8, 2012
  29. Courthouse News Service, "Copyright Claims May Stick to Beastie Boys," September 11, 2013
  30. Billboard, "Beastie Boys’ 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit: The Fine Print," September 13, 2013
  31. Bloomberg Law, "No Relief for Pre-2009 Alleged Infringement Of Funk Rock Records by the Beastie Boys," September 11, 2013
  32. New York Law Journal, "Decision: TufAmerica, Inc., Plaintiff v. Diamond, et al," September 12, 2013
  33. Courthouse News Service, "Judge Upholds $400M Award in Oil Dispute," August 29, 2013
  34. New York Times, "Judge Rejects New York's Stop-and-Frisk Policy," August 12, 2013
  35. National Journal, "Why 'Stop and Frisk' Was Ruled Unconstitutional," August 12, 2013
  36. Nation Sun Journal, "Federal court strikes down New York's stop-and-frisk policy," August 12, 2013
  37. Center for Constitutional Rights, "Second Circuit Decision in Floyd v. City of New York FAQ," November 1, 2013
  38. New York Daily News, "Stop-and-frisk judge removed from case, reforms put on hold after federal appeals court ruling," October 31, 2013
  39. Courthouse News Service, "Boot to Stop-and-Frisk Judge Won't Kill Rulings," November 22, 2013
  40. Courthouse News Service, "N.Y. Judge Approves $586M IPO Settlement," October 7, 2009
  41. The Financial, "U.S. Federal judge to consider Google books deal," September 10, 2009
  42. Associated Press, "Fairness Hearing Postponed for Google Books deal," September 24, 2009
  43. New York Times, "Judge Sets Nov. 9 Deadline For Revised Google Book Settlement," October 7, 2009
  44. Washington Post, "Judge backs revised Google Books deal," November 20, 2009
  45. BusinessWeek, "Google Defends Book Settlement, Setting Stage for Court Hearing," February 12, 2010
  46. DMW Media, "Google Book Settlement Gets Day in Court; No Ruling Today," February 18, 2010
  47. Publishers Weekly, "The Google Settlement Rejection: What Comes Next?," March 28, 2011
  48. Publishers Weekly, "Google, Publishers Settle Lawsuit over Book Scanning," October 04, 2012
  49. Publishers Weekly, "Google, Publishers Settle Lawsuit over Book Scanning," October 04, 2012
  50. 50.0 50.1 Outten & Golden, "Court Conditionally Certifies Unpaid Intern Collective Under FLSA, According to Outten & Golden LLP," July 13, 2012
  51. MyFoxDC, "New York can't scare smokers with graphic images, court ruled," July 12, 2012
  52. Ruling for 94th St. Grocery v. N.Y.C. Bd. of Health
  53. Bloomberg, "U.S. District Judge May Review 30 Madoff Trustee Suits," October 17, 2011
  54. Business Insurance, "AT&T settles age discrimination suit brought by EEOC," October 26, 2011
  55. New York Times, "Judge Rejects Former Garden Executive’s Lawsuit Over YES Network," January 27, 2010
  56. Bloomberg, "S&P, Moody’s Found by Judge Not to Be Underwriters," June 1, 2010
  57. FINalternatives, "SEC Can Have Rajaratnam Wiretaps, Judge Rules," February 10, 2010
  58. New York Times, "Hedge Fund Manager Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud," February 24, 2010
  59. Herald Tribune, "Art Nadel, convicted Ponzi schemer, dies in prison," April 17, 2012
  60. 60.0 60.1 New York Daily News, "Denied! Federal judge rejected Sen. Hiram Monserrate's plea to stay in office," February 19, 2010
  61. Monserrate v. New York State Senate, 599 F. 3d 148 - Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 2010
  62. Washington Post, "Judge rejects SEC's decision to ease curb on investment bankers, analysts," March 19, 2010
  63. 63.0 63.1 New York Times, "Judge Rejects Copyright Suit Against Jessica Seinfeld," September 10, 2009
  64. Lapine v. Seinfeld, Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 2010
  65. Lapine v. Seinfeld, 31 Misc. 3d 736 - NY: Supreme Court 2011
  66. Wall Street Journal Law Blog, "Over Before It Starts: SEC, BofA Settle Suit Over Merrill Bonuses," August 3, 2009
  67. Wall Street Journal Law Blog, "Rakoff on BofA, SEC Settlement: Not So Fast, Fellas," August 6, 2009
  68. McClatchy, "Federal judge rules Bank of America-SEC deal is 'unfair and unreasonable,'" September 15, 2009
  69. Washington Post, "Judge criticizes, but approves, settlement with Bank of America," February 23, 2010
  70. Securities Docket, "Be Careful Asking for 12 Years… The Last Guy Who Did That Got 150 Years," July 8, 2009
  71. ABC News, "Rapper Lil' Kim Gets 366 Days for Perjury," February 14, 2006
  72. Albany Business Journal, "Nickel deposits to be collected on bottled water in New York," October 26, 2009
  73. USDOJ Indictment orig filed in USDC, MDFL
  74. USA v. John Gotti, Jr. Indictment Venue Change to USDC, SDNY
  75. 75.0 75.1 New York Daily News, "Mama Gotti Goes Wild," May 1, 2009
  76. DNA Info, "Judge Declares Mistrial in John Gotti, Jr. Case," December 1, 2009
  77. 77.0 77.1 77.2 CNN Money, "Preliminary Approval Given To Bristol-Myers Holder Pacts," August 18, 2009
  78. 78.0 78.1 Washington Post, "Judge Rules Fed Must Disclose Firms That Accept Aid," August 26, 2009
  79. Reuters, "Judge puts Fed's bailout revelations on hold," August 28, 2009
  81. Courthouse News Service, "NYPD Must Deliver Info on Mass Arrests," December 15, 2009
  82. 82.0 82.1 New York Daily News, "Bernie Madoff pal pleads guilty, denied bail," August 11, 2009
  83. Los Angeles Times, "Judge tells investors that fund manager accused of cheating them of $150M may enter a plea," December 7, 2009
  85. Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Publishing Group, Inc. and Beth B. Golub at Justia.com
  86. 86.0 86.1 CNN, "Sotomayor's resume, record on notable cases," May 26, 2009
  87. New York Times Company Inc. v. Jonathan Tasini at OpenJurist.com
  88. New York Times Co., Inc. v. Tasini et al. at Justia.com
  89. A summary of media related decisions by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor
  90. FOIA Update: Significant New Decisions (1995)
  91. First Amendment Center, "Sotomayor on the First Amendment," May 28 2009
  92. New York Times, "Sotomayor's Baseball Ruling Lingers, 14 Years Later," May 26, 2009
  93. Silverman v. Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee Inc. on OpenJurist.com
  94. Employment Law Post, "Sotomayor's District Court Decisions on Traditional Labor Matters," June 16, 2009
  95. New York Times, "Sotomayor, Baseball's Savior, May Be Possibility for High Court," May 14, 2009
  96. New York Times, "BASEBALL: Woman in the News; Strike-Zone Arbitrator -- Sonia Sotomayor," April 1, 1995
  97. 97.0 97.1 97.2 New York Times, "Morris Lasker, Judge Who Forced City to Clean Up Jails, Dies at 92," December 29, 2009
  98. Southern District of New York courthouse page
  99. CNN, "Obama signs bill to end partial shutdown, stave off debt ceiling crisis," October 17, 2013
  100. United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, "In re Stay of Certain Civil Cases Pending the Restoration of Department of Justice Funding," October 1, 2013
  101. United States Department of Justice, "FY 2014 Contingency Plan," October 11, 2013

Southern District of New York
Second Circuit
Chief:Loretta PreskaJudges:28
Active judges
AbramsBriccettiBroderickCarter, Jr.CastelCaproniCrottyDanielsEngelmayerFaillaForrestFurmanGardepheKarasKoeltlMcMahonNathanOetkenPauleyRamosRomanSchofieldSeibelSullivanSwainTorresWoods
Senior Judges
BaerBattsBermanBuchwald CarterCote Cedarbaum ConnerDuffy Griesa Haight Hellerstein Kaplan KeenanGoettel Leisure Marrero McKenna Owen Patterson Rakoff SandScheindlin Stanton Stein Sweet Wood
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Kevin Fox
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%
1 Court
2 Judges
2.1 Active Judges
2.1.1 Article III judges
2.1.2 Pending appointments
2.1.3 Senior judges
2.2 Past judges
2.2.1 Former Chief judges
2.2.2 Former judges

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Kevin Castel1950Jamaica, NYW. Bush 09/22/2003 - PresentLawrence McKennaSt. John's U., B.S., 1972St. John's U. School of Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Paul Crotty1941Buffalo, NYW. Bush 04/15/2005 - PresentHarold BaerNotre Dame, B.A., 1962Cornell Law, LL.B., 1967
Judge George Daniels1953Allendale, SCClinton 03/09/2000 - PresentRobert PattersonYale, B.A., 1975U. of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall Law, J.D., 1978
Judge Paul Gardephe1957Fitchburg, MAW. Bush 08/08/2008 - PresentCharles BrieantU. of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1979Columbia Law, J.D., 1982
Judge Kenneth Karas1964Colorado Springs, COW. Bush 06/13/2004 - PresentAllen SchwartzGeorgetown U., B.A., 1986Columbia U. Law, J.D., 1991
Judge John Koeltl1945New York, NYClinton 08/10/1994 - PresentShirley KramGeorgetown U., A.B., 1967Harvard Law, J.D., 1971
Judge Colleen McMahon1951Columbus, OHClinton 10/22/1998 - PresentJohn KeenanOhio State U., B.A., 1973Harvard Law, J.D., 1976
Judge William Pauley1952Glen Cove, NYClinton 10/22/1998 - PresentPeter LeisureDuke U., A.B., 1974Duke U. Law, J.D., 1977
Chief Judge Loretta Preska1949Albany, NYH.W. Bush 08/12/1992 - Present2009 - PresentRobert WardCollege of St. Rose, B.A., 1970Fordham U. Law, J.D., 1973
Judge Cathy Seibel1960West Islip, NYW. Bush 07/30/1998 - PresentRichard CaseyPrinceton U., A.B., 1982Fordham U. Law, J.D., 1985
Judge Richard Sullivan1964Manhasset, NYW. Bush 08/01/2007 - PresentCollege of William and Mary, B.A., 1986Yale Law, J.D., 1990
Judge Laura Swain1958Brooklyn, NYClinton 07/11/2000 - PresentThomas GriesaHarvard-Radcliffe, A.B., 1979Harvard Law, J.D., 1982
Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr.1969Albany, GAObama 12/5/2011 - PresentVictor MarreroU. of Texas, B.A., 1991Harvard Law, J.D., 1994
Judge Nelson S. Roman1960New York, NYObama 5/9/2013 - PresentRichard BermanFordham U., B.A., 1984Brooklyn Law, J.D., 1989
Judge Analisa Torres1959New York, NYObama 4/18/2013 - PresentNaomi BuchwaldHarvard, A.B., 1981Columbia Law, J.D., 1984
Judge J. Paul Oetken1965Louisville, KYObama 7/18/2011 - PresentDenny ChinU. of Iowa, B.A., 1988Yale Law, J.D., 1991
Judge Vincent L. Briccetti1954Mt. Kisco, NYObama 4/12/2011-PresentKimba WoodColumbia U., B.A., 1976Fordham U. Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Paul A. Engelmayer1961New York, NYObama 7/26/2011 - PresentGerard LynchHarvard, B.A., 1983Harvard Law, J.D., 1987
Judge Alison J. Nathan1972Philadelphia, PAObama 10/13/2011 - PresentSidney SteinCornell, B.A., 1994Cornell Law, J.D., 2000
Judge Edgardo Ramos1960Ponce, Puerto RicoObama 12/5/2011 - PresentStephen RobinsonYale, B.A., 1982Harvard Law, J.D., 1987
Judge Katherine Forrest1964New York, NYObama 10/13/2011 - PresentJed RakoffWesleyan U., B.A., 1986New York U. Law, J.D., 1990
Judge Jesse Furman1972New York, NYObama 2/17/2012 - PresentAlvin HellersteinHarvard, B.A., 1994Yale Law, J.D., 1998
Judge Ronnie Abrams1968New York, NYObama 3/22/2012 - PresentLewis KaplanCornell University, B.A., 1990Yale Law School, J.D., 1993
Judge Lorna SchofieldObama 12/13/2012 - PresentShira ScheindlinIndiana U., B.A., 1977New York U. Law, J.D., 1981
Judge Katherine Failla1969Edison, NJObama 3/4/2013 - PresentDenise CoteCollege of William & Mary, B.A., 1990Harvard Law, J.D., 1993
Judge Valerie Caproni1955Obama 9/9/2013-PresentRichard HolwellTulane U., B.A., 1976U. of Georgia Law, J.D., 1979
Judge Vernon BroderickObama 2013-PresentDeborah BattsYale, B.A., 1985Harvard Law, J.D., 1988
Judge Gregory Howard Woods1969DelawareObama 11/4/2013 - PresentBarbara JonesWilliams College, B.A., 1991Yale Law, J.D., 1995

Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Victor MarreroClinton 10/05/1999 - 12/30/201012/31/2010 - PresentNew York U., B.A., 1964Yale Law, LL.B., 1968
Senior Judge Kimba WoodReagan 04/20/1988 - 05/31/20092006 - 200906/01/2009 - PresentConnecticut College, B.A., 1965Harvard Law, J.D., 1969
Senior Judge Harold BaerClinton 08/10/1994 - 09/07/200409/08/2004 - PresentHobart College, B.A., 1954Yale Law, LL.B., 1957
Senior Judge Deborah BattsClinton 05/09/1994 - 4/13/20124/13/2012 - PresentHarvard-Radcliffe, A.B., 1969Harvard Law, J.D., 1972
Senior Judge Richard BermanClinton 10/22/1998 - 9/11/20119/11/2011 - PresentCornell, B.S., 1964New York U. Law, J.D., 1967
Senior Judge Naomi BuchwaldClinton 09/22/1999 - 3/21/20123/21/2012 - PresentBrandeis U., B.A., 1965Columbia Law, LL.B., 1968
Senior Judge Robert Lee CarterNixon 07/25/1972 - 12/30/198612/31/1986 - PresentLincoln U., A.B., 1937Howard U. Law, LL.B., 1940
Senior Judge Miriam Goldman CedarbaumReagan 03/04/1986 - 03/30/199803/31/1998 - PresentBarnard College, B.A., 1950Columbia Law, LL.B., 1953
Senior Judge Denise CoteClinton 08/10/1994 - 12/15/201112/15/2011 - PresentSt. Mary's College, B.A., 1968Columbia Law, J.D., 1975
Senior Judge Thomas GriesaNixon 07/30/1972 - 03/12/20001993 - 200003/13/2000 - PresentHarvard, A.B., 1952Stanford Law, LL.B., 1958
Senior Judge Charles HaightFord 03/29/1976 - 09/22/199509/23/1995 - PresentYale, B.A., 1952Yale Law, LL.B., 1955
Senior Judge Alvin HellersteinClinton 10/22/1998 - 01/29/201101/30/2011 - PresentColumbia, B.A., 1954Columbia Law, J.D., 1956
Senior Judge Lewis KaplanClinton 08/10/1994 - 01/31/201102/01/2011 - PresentU. of Rochester, A.B., 1966Harvard Law, J.D., 1969
Senior Judge John KeenanReagan 09/20/1983 - 12/30/199612/31/1996 - PresentManhattan College, B.B.A., 1951Fordham U. Law, LL.B., 1954
Senior Judge Peter LeisureReagan 06/15/1984 - 03/20/199703/21/1997 - PresentYale, B.A., 1952U. of Virginia Law, LL.B., 1958
Senior Judge Lawrence McKennaH.W. Bush 04/30/1990 - 05/23/200205/24/2002 - PresentFordham College, A.B., 1956Columbia Law, LL.B., 1959
Senior Judge Richard OwenNixon 12/19/1973 - 09/29/198909/30/1989 - PresentDartmouth College, A.B., 1945Harvard Law, LL.B., 1950
Senior Judge Robert PattersonReagan 10/06/1988 - 12/30/199812/31/1998 - PresentHarvard, B.A., 1947Columbia Law, LL.B., 1950
Senior Judge Jed RakoffClinton 01/04/1996 - 12/30/201012/31/2010 - PresentSwarthmore College, B.A., 1964Harvard Law, J.D., 1969
Senior Judge Leonard SandCarter 05/19/1978 - 06/30/199307/01/1993 - PresentNew York U. School of Commerce, B.S., 1947Harvard Law, LL.B., 1951
Senior Judge Shira ScheindlinClinton 09/29/2004-8/16/20118/16/2011-PresentU. of Michigan, B.A., 1967Cornell Law, J.D., 1975
Senior Judge Louis StantonReagan 07/18/1985 - 09/30/199610/01/1996 - PresentYale, B.A., 1950U. of Virginia Law, J.D. and L.L.B., 1955
Senior Judge Sidney SteinClinton 03/17/1995 - 08/31/201009/01/2010 - PresentPrinceton, A.B., 1967Yale Law, J.D., 1972
Senior Judge Robert SweetCarter 04/28/1978 - 02/28/199103/01/1991 - PresentYale, B.A., 1944Yale Law, LL.B., 1948
Senior Judge Kevin DuffyNixon 10/17/1972 - 1/10/1998Fordham College (1954)Fordham University School of Law (1958)
Senior Judge Gerard GoettelFord 3/30/1976 - 8/5/1993Duke University (1950)Columbia Law School (1955)

Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge Henry PitmanFordham UniversityFordham University
Magistrate Judge Michael DolingerColumbia, B.A., 1968Columbia Law, J.D., 1972
Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis1993 - PresentManhattan College, B.S., 1972New York U. Law, J.D., 1975
Chief Magistrate Judge Kevin Fox1997-PresentColumbia UniversityBrooklyn Law School
Magistrate Judge James Francis1985 - PresentYale, B.A., 1974Yale Law, J.D., 1978
Magistrate Judge Debra FreemanYale UniversityNew York University
Magistrate Judge Martin GoldbergNew York U. Law
Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein03/02/2001 - PresentYale, B.A., 1979Columbia Law, J.D., 1984
Magistrate Judge Frank Maas1999-PresentSUNY at Binghamton, 1972NYU School of Law, 1976
Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck02/27/1995 - PresentCornell, B.A., 1974Duke U. Law, J.D., 1977
Magistrate Judge Lisa Smith1995 - PresentEarlham College, B.A., 1977Duke U. Law, J.D., 1980
Magistrate Judge George Yanthis1996 - PresentKent State U., B.A.Syracuse U. Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Paul DavisonNew York U. Law
Magistrate Judge James L. Cott2009 - PresentHarvard College, B.A., 1981Northeastern School of Law, J.D., 1985
Former Magistrate Judge Sarah NetburnBrown U., B.A.U. of California, J.D.

Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Sidney Sugarman
Sylvester Ryan
Constance Motley
Lloyd MacMahon
David Edelstein
Charles Brieant
John William Clancy
William Bondy
John Clark Knox
Lisa Smith2006 - 2008
Andrew Peck2004 - 2005
Kimba Wood2006 - 2009

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]

Former judges

  1. Michael Mukasey
  2. Morris Lasker
  3. Denny Chin
  4. William Conner
  5. Richard Holwell
  6. Barbara Jones
  7. Shirley Kram
  8. Gerard Lynch
  9. Stephen Robinson
  10. John Sprizzo
  11. William Peter Van Ness
  12. Samuel Rossiter Betts
  13. Samuel Blatchford
  14. Sonia Sotomayor
  15. William Gardner Choate
  16. Pierre Leval
  17. Wilfred Feinberg
  18. John Walker
  19. Barrington Parker
  20. Lawrence Pierce
  21. Addison Brown
  22. George Bethune Adams
  23. George Chandler Holt
  24. Charles Merrill Hough
  25. Learned Hand
  26. Julius Marshuetz Mayer
  27. Augustus Noble Hand
  28. John Clark Knox
  29. Martin Thomas Manton
  30. William Bondy
  31. Henry Warren Goddard
  32. Francis Asbury Winslow
  33. Frank Joseph Coleman
  34. Thomas Day Thacher
  35. Alfred Conkling Coxe, Jr.
  36. John Munro Woolsey
  37. George Murray Hulbert
  38. John William Clancy
  39. Vincent Leibell
  40. Samuel Mandelbaum
  41. Edward Conger
  42. Robert Porter Patterson, Sr.
  43. Charles Metzner
  44. Arnold Bauman
  45. Alexander Bicks
  46. Dudley Bonsal
  47. Charles Brieant
  48. John Bright
  49. Vincent Broderick
  50. Frederick Bryan
  51. Francis Caffey
  52. John Cannella
  53. Richard Casey
  54. John Cashin
  55. Kenneth Conboy
  56. Irving Cooper
  57. Thomas Croake
  58. Richard Daronco
  59. Archie Dawson
  60. Edward Dimock
  61. David Edelstein
  62. Marvin Frankel
  63. Louis Freeh
  64. Lee Gagliardi
  65. Murray Gurfein
  66. William Herlands
  67. Irving Kaufman
  68. Samuel Kaufman
  69. Percy Knapp
  70. Richard Levet
  71. Mary Lowe
  72. Lloyd MacMahon
  73. Walter Mansfield
  74. John McGohey
  75. Edward McLean
  76. Harold Medina
  77. Constance Motley
  78. Thomas Murphy
  79. Gregory Noonan
  80. Edmund Palmieri
  81. Milton Pollack
  82. Simon Rifkind
  83. Sylvester Ryan
  84. Allen Schwartz
  85. Abraham Sofaer
  86. Charles Stewart
  87. Sidney Sugarman
  88. Charles Tenney
  89. Harold Tyler
  90. Lawrence Walsh
  91. Robert Ward
  92. Edward Weinfeld
  93. Henry Werker
  94. Inzer Wyatt
  95. John S. Martin
  96. John S. Martin, Jr.

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