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Hon. Robert D. Sack

Hon. Robert D. Sack

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

New York, NY, USA


Robert D. Sack has, since August 6, 1998, been a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with his chambers at 40 Foley Square. He took senior status on August 6, 2009. During his 33 years in practice, he specialized in national and international press law. He was a frequent lecturer and writer on press law topics and is the author of Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (4th ed. 2010) and coauthor of Advertising and Commercial Speech: A First Amendment Guide (1999). His article, Protection of Opinion Under the First Amendment: Reflections on Alfred Hill, "Defamation and Privacy Under the First Amendment," was published in the 100th Anniversary issue of the Columbia Law Review. On May 1, 2008, Judge Sack was awarded the Federal Bar Council's Learned Hand Medal for excellence in federal jurisprudence.

Judge Sack was an officer and director of the William F. Kerby and Robert S. Potter Fund, which assisted in funding the legal defense of journalists abroad, and a member of the advisory boards of the Bureau of National Affairs' Media Law Reporter and the ABA Forum Committee's Communications Lawyer. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia Law School, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University Seminars on Media and Society, and was Chairman of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. He has since 2001 been a Lecturer in Law and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School. He was Columbia Law School's commencement speaker in 2007. He was Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Special Guest Lecturer at the University of Rochester in 2012 and a Distinguished Visiting Jurist at the University of Chicago Law School in 2013. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association (Chair, Communications Law Committee, 1986-89), and the American Judicature Society. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

After graduating from the University of Rochester in 1960 and Columbia Law School in 1963, Judge Sack clerked for United States District Judge Arthur S. Lane, in the District of New Jersey. He later became an associate and partner at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler (1964-1986) and a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (1986-1998), both in New York City. In 1974, he served as a Senior Associate Special Counsel to the United States House of Representatives Impeachment Inquiry Staff.
Hon. Robert D. Sack is associated with the following items:
Treatise  Treatise Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition) - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander & Related Problems (4th Edition)
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Preface to the Fourth Edition - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Note on Citations to Lexis and Westlaw - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Table of Contents - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Preface - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Cause of Action - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Standard of Conduct: Public Plaintiffs - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Preface to the Third Edition - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Truth and Criminal Libel - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Standard of Conduct: Private Plaintiffs - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Preface to the Second Edition - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Jurisdiction and Choice of Law - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Absolute Privilege, Immunity, and Preemption - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Index - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Constitutional Principles - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Opinion - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Discovery; Sources, Confidentiality, and Anonymity - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Republication, Rumor, Fair Report, and Neutral Reportage - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Defendant-Plaintiff Table - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Introduction - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Other Related Causes of Action - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Table of Cases - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Preface to the First Edition - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Related Tort Causes of Action: Invasion of Privacy - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Insurance Policies - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Retraction - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Motion Practice and Appeal - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Damages and Other Remedies - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
Qualified Privilege - Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (5th Edition), Thursday, April 20, 2017
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