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Deborah Batts
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Station:   New York, NY
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   05/09/1994 - 4/13/2012
Senior:   4/13/2012 - Present
Preceded by:   Richard Owen
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate:   Harvard-Radcliffe, A.B., 1969
Law School:   Harvard Law, J.D., 1972
Deborah A. Batts is a federal judge serving on senior status for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Batts is the first openly gay person appointed to a federal court.[1] She was appointed by President Clinton in 1994. Prior to her judicial appointment, Batts served as Special Associate Counsel at Department of Investigation, New York City between 1990 - 1991. She assumed senior status on April 13, 2012.[2]

Early life and education

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Batts graduated from Radcliffe College with her bachelor's degree in 1969, and from Harvard Law School with her Juris Doctor degree in 1972.[2]

Professional career

Batts was a law clerk for the Honorable Lawrence Pierce in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1972 to 1973. Batts was a private practice attorney in New York City until 1979. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Prosecutions Division for the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney's Office from 1979 to 1984. Batts served as an Associate Professor of law at Fordham University Law School from 1984 to 1994. Batts was an intermittent Faculty Corporation Counsel in the Trial Advocacy Program for the City of New York from 1988 to 1993. She served as Special Associate Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation from 1990 to 1991.[2]

Judicial career

Federal judgeship

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Monyihan, Batts was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Bill Clinton on January 27, 1994. Batts was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 6, 1994 on a Senate voice vote and received her commission on May 9, 1994. She assumed senior status on April 13, 2012.[3]

Notable cases

NYC bottled water deposit (2009)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
On October 23, 2009, Judge Batts upheld the legality of a new state law in New York that requires deposits for bottled water.

Judge Batts issued an order that on October 31, 2009, there must be a five cent recycling deposit added on to the normal selling price for bottled water.

Business groups in New York filed suit over the law claiming that the law violated the Commerce Clause of the Constitution of the United States.[4]

See also

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

External links

References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Richard Owen
Southern District of New York
1994–2012
Succeeded by:
Vernon Broderick


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