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Hon. Jed S. Rakoff

Hon. Jed S. Rakoff

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


Hon. Jed S. Rakoff

Senior United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Entered on duty, March 1, 1996.  Born August 1, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA.   B.A., Swarthmore College, 1964.   M.Phil., Oxford Univ.,1966.  J.D., Harvard Law School, 1969.  LL.D. (Hon.), Swarthmore College, 2003.  LL.D. (Hon.), St. Francis University, 2005.

Law Clerk to Hon. Abraham L. Freedman, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit,  1969-70.
Associate,  Debevoise, Plimpton, et al.,  1970-72.  Asst. U.S. Attorney, S.D.N.Y. 1973-80 (Chief,  Business & Securities Fraud Prosecutions, 1978-80).  Litigation Partner, Mudge, Rose, et al., 1980-90; Litigation Partner, Fried, Frank, et al.,  1990-96.

Co-author of five books; author of over 150 published articles, over 600 speeches, and over 1500 judicial opinions.  Co-editor, Sand, et al., Modern Federal Jury Instructions.  Adjunct Professor of Law,  Columbia Law School, 1988-present, teaching courses on white collar crime, class actions,  interplay of civil and criminal litigation, and science and the courts.

Commissioner, National Commission on Forensic Science, 2014-present.  Co-chair, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Scientific Approaches to Eyewitness Identification, 2013-present. Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013-present. Member, American Law Institute, 2011-present.  Executive  Committee, New York City Bar Assn., 2013-present (Chair, Honors Comm., 2006-09; Chair, Criminal Law Comm., 1986-89). Trustee, William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, 2009-present.

Board of Managers, Swarthmore College, 2004-2008.  Governance Board, MacArthur Foundation Initiative on Law and Neuroscience, 2007-2010.   Chair, Criminal Justice Advisory Board, SDNY, 1998-2011.  Member, Committee on the Development of the Third Edition of the [Federal Judges’] Manual on Scientific Evidence, 2009=2011. Member, National Research Council Committee on Review of the Scientific Approaches Used During the FBI’s Investigation of the 2001 Anthrax Letters, 2009-2011.

Chair, SDNY Grievance Committee  2001-2012.  Chair, Second Circuit Bankruptcy Committee, 2003-2011.   Fellow (now Judicial Fellow),  American College of Trial Lawyers, 1987-present (Chair, Downstate New York Chapter, 1993-94).  Fellow (now Judicial Fellow), American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1995-present.

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