Debra Livingston

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Debra Livingston
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   5/17/2007-Present
Preceded by:   John Walker
Personal History
Born:   1959
Hometown:   Waycross, GA
Undergraduate:   Princeton University, 1980
Law School:   Harvard Law School, 1984

Debra Ann Livingston (b. 1959) is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She joined the court in 2007 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to her appointment, Livingston was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Waycross, Georgia in 1959, Livingston graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with her bachelor's degree in 1980 and later, again magna cum laude, from Harvard Law with her Juris Doctor degree in 1984.[1]

Professional career

Livingston was a law clerk for former federal judge Edward Lumbard in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals from 1984 to 1985. Livingston entered private practice in New York thereafter until 1986, and then briefly from 1991 to 1992. From 1986 to 1991, Livingston was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for the U.S. Attorney's Office. During her time as an assistant U.S. Attorney, she argued before the Second Circuit five times.[1]

Faculty Member

  • From 2006-2007, Livingston was the vice-president of Columbia Law School.[1]
  • From 1994-2007, Livingston taught at Columbia Law School. She became a full professor there in 2000. In 2004, she was designated as the school's Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law. She taught classes in criminal procedure, evidence, and national security and terrorism.
  • From 1992-1994, Livingston taught criminal procedure and evidence at the University of Michigan Law School.


  • Livingston co-authored "Comprehensive Criminal Procedure," a casebook which has received praise for its attention to the real-world impact of criminal procedure.
  • Numerous articles in legal publications in the field of criminal law and procedure.

Livingston was an Assistant Professor at the Michigan Law from 1992 to 1994 and also served as a Associate Professor at Columbia Law from 1994 to 2000.

Judicial career

Second Circuit

Livingston was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President George W. Bush on January 9, 2007, to a seat vacated by John Walker as Walker assumed senior status. Livingston was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 9, 2007 on a Senate vote and received commission on May 17, 2007.[2][1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Walker
Second Circuit
Seat #7
Succeeded by:

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