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Hon. Loretta A. Preska

Hon. Loretta A. Preska

United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Chief Judge
New York, NY, USA


Judge Preska was appointed United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on August 12, 1992 and entered duty on September 18, 1992. From June 1, 2009 to the present, she serves as Chief Judge of that Court. Judge Preska received a B.A. from the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York in 1970, a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1973, and an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University Law School in 1978. 

Following graduation from Fordham, Judge Preska was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and an associate and, beginning in January 1983, a partner at Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason until her induction as a United States District Judge in September 1992. Judge Preska was nominated to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in September 2008. She received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Public Service Alumni Award from Fordham University School of Law in 1992 and served several terms as a Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Fordham Law Alumni Association. The Fordham Law Alumni Association awarded her its Medal of Achievement in 1998. She received a Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, in 1998, the Edward J. Weinfeld Award from the New York County Lawyers Association Federal Courts Committee for Excellence in the Administration of Justice in 2001, the Charles Carroll Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild in 2004, the Stanley H. Fuld Award for outstanding contributions to the development of commercial law and jurisprudence in New York State from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association in 2009, the President's Special Award from the New York Women's Bar Association in 2011, and the Barbara Jordan Outstanding Public Service Award from Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International in 2012. She has lectured at Securities Industry Association Legal & Compliance Division, the International Bar Association, and numerous other venues, and was a contributing author to Federal Civil Practice published by the New York State Bar Association in 1989.

Judge Preska is a member of the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, and the New York State Bar Association. She has served as a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States, as chair of the Benchbook Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center, and currently serves on the New York Federal-State Judicial Council.  Judge Preska has also served on the Advisory Board of the New York Chapter of the Federalist Society and, from 2001-2009, on the New York Regional Panel for the Selection of White House Fellows. Judge Preska is also a Trustee of Fordham University. 

Hon. Loretta A. Preska is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Making a Compelling Closing Argument - Trial by Jury 2013 , Tuesday, November 19, 2013
"Livin' on the Edge": Practice Pointers - Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2014 , Thursday, June 19, 2014
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Trial by Jury 2013: Making a Compelling Closing Argument - Making a Compelling Closing Argument , Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2014 - "Livin' on the Edge": Practice Pointers - "Livin' on the Edge": Practice Pointers , Thursday, June 19, 2014
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Trial by Jury 2013: Making a Compelling Closing Argument - Making a Compelling Closing Argument , Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2014 - "Livin' on the Edge": Practice Pointers - "Livin' on the Edge": Practice Pointers , Thursday, June 19, 2014
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Trial by Jury 2013 , Wednesday, December 04, 2013 , New York, NY
Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2014 , Wednesday, July 02, 2014 , New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Trial by Jury 2014 , Wednesday, November 19, 2014 , New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Trial by Jury 2014 , Wednesday, November 19, 2014 , New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Trial by Jury 2014 , Wednesday, November 19, 2014 , Philadelphia, PA
Trial by Jury 2014 , Wednesday, November 19, 2014 , Cleveland, OH
Trial by Jury 2014 , Wednesday, November 19, 2014 , Pittsburgh, PA
Trial by Jury 2014 , Wednesday, November 19, 2014 , Atlanta, GA
Trial by Jury 2014 , Wednesday, November 19, 2014 , Mechanicsburg, PA
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