Rosemary Pooler

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Rosemary Pooler
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Current Court Information:
Second Circuit
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Station:   New York, NY
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   6/3/1998-Present
Preceded by:   Frank Altimari
Succeeded by:   Norman Mordue
Past post:   Northern District of New York
Past term:   1994-1998
Personal History
Born:   1938
Hometown:   New York, NY
Undergraduate:   Brooklyn College, 1959
Law School:   University of Michigan Law, 1965
Grad. School:   University of Connecticut, M.A., 1961
Harvard 1978, Albany SUNY 1986

Rosemary S. Pooler (b. 1938) is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City. She joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to her appointment, Pooler served on the Northern District of New York, which she joined in 1994 after an appointment from Bill Clinton. At the time of appointment, she served as a judge on the New York Supreme Court.[1]

Early life and education

Born in New York City, New York, Pooler graduated from Brooklyn College with her bachelor's degree in 1959 and later earned her master's from the University of Connecticut (UConn) in 1961. Pooler received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. Pooler graduated from Harvard University's Program for Senior Managers in Government in 1978 and also completed further advanced study at the State University of New York-Albany (SUNY-Albany) in 1986.[1]

Professional career

Pooler began her legal career in the private sector in Syracuse, New York, from 1966 to 1972. Pooler was Assistant Corporate Counsel and Director of Consumer Affairs Unit for the City of Syracuse, New York, from 1972 to 1973, before serving as the City of Syracuse District Representative and Commons Council until 1975. Pooler served as Chair and Executive Director for the New York State Government's Consumer Protection Board from 1975 to 1980 before serving as Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission until 1986. In 1987, Pooler was Staff Director of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions for the New York State Assembly. Pooler was also a visiting Professor of Law at Syracuse University from 1987 to 1988. From 1989 to 1990, Pooler was the Vice President of Atlantic States Legal Foundation before being appointed to serve as Justice of the New York Supreme Court for the Fifth Judicial District of New York from 1990 to 1994.[1]

Judicial career

Second Circuit

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Pooler was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President Bill Clinton on November 6, 1997, to a seat vacated by Frank Altimari. Pooler was confirmed by the Senate on June 2, 1998, on a majority vote and received commission on June 3, 1998.[2]

Northern District of New York

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Pooler was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York by President Bill Clinton on April 26, 1994, to a seat vacated by Howard Munson. Pooler was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 9, 1994, on a Senate vote and received commission on August 9, 1994.[3]

Notable cases

ADA's speech disruptive enough to uphold his firing (2013)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Sacha v. Sedita, 12-4507-cv)

On November 23, 2013, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit, consisting of Chief Judge Robert Katzmann, Judge Rosemary Pooler, and Senior Judge Pierre Leval, upheld the dismissal of Mark Sacha’s lawsuit against Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III. In the underlying case, Sedita fired Sacha from his position as Assistant District Attorney following Sacha's public contention that Sedita failed to prosecute G. Steven Pigeon on allegations of election law violations (specifically, the alleged laundering of a $10,000 campaign contribution). Sacha claimed he was fired in retaliation for his criticism of Sedita and filed suit in December 2009, alleging that his First Amendment rights had been violated. Sedita filed a motion for summary judgment, and Chief Judge William Skretny of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York granted it in October 2012, citing the fact that his statements to the press were made in his capacity as an ADA, not as a private citizen, and thus his free speech rights had not been violated. That decision is available here. Sacha appealed Skretny's ruling to the Second Circuit, where the three-judge panel affirmed Skretny's ruling, but on alternate grounds, noting that "Sacha’s speech was sufficiently disruptive to justify terminating his employment as an assistant district attorney." Sacha vowed to file a further appeal, claiming that the Second Circuit's three-judge panel had a conflict of interest in hearing the case.[4][5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Howard Munson
Northern District of New York
1994–1998
Succeeded by:
Norman Mordue
Preceded by:
Frank Altimari
Second Circuit
1998–present
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
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