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Robert Sweet
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #22
Station:   New York, NY
Service:
Appointed by:   Jimmy Carter
Active:   04/28/1978 - 02/28/1991
Senior:   03/01/1991 - Present
Preceded by:   Inzer Wyatt
Succeeded by:   Harold Baer
Personal History
Born:   1922
Hometown:   Yonkers, NY
Undergraduate:   Yale, B.A., 1944
Law School:   Yale Law, LL.B., 1948
Military service:   U.S. Navy 1943 - 1946
Robert Workman Sweet is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined the court in 1978 after being nominated by President Jimmy Carter. He is serving on senior status.[1]

Early life and education

  • Yale University, B.A., 1944
  • Yale Law School, LL.B., 1948[1]

Professional career

  • U.S. Navy Lieutenant (j.g.), 1943-1946
  • Private practice, New York City, 1948-1953
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of New York, 1953-1955
  • Private practice, New York City, 1955-1965
  • Counsel, New York State Interdepartmental Task Force on Youth and Juvenile Delinquency, 1958
  • Executive assistant to the mayor, New York City, 1966
  • Deputy mayor, New York City, 1966-1969
  • Private practice, New York City, 1970-1978
  • Consultant, Association for a Better New York, New York City, 1970-1975
  • Hearing officer, New York Transit Authority, Brooklyn, New York, 1975-1977[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of New York

Sweet is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined the court in 1978 after being nominated by President Jimmy Carter. He is serving on senior status.[1]

Notable cases

Patenting human genes (2009)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al., 09-cv-4515)

Judge Sweet was the presiding judge in a gene patents lawsuit involving research related to ovarian cancer. The judge allowed for the case to move forward after a motion to dismiss the case came in front of the judge on grounds that genes are natural, not human. In deciding on the motion, the Judge said to dismiss the case would be harmful to advancing scientific research.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Inzer Wyatt
Southern District of New York
1978–1991
Succeeded by:
Harold Baer


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