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Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (U.S.D.J. Ret.)

Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (U.S.D.J. Ret.)

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

New York, NY, USA


Former United States District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin serves as an arbitrator, mediator and special master. She also conducts neutral evaluations, mock trials and arguments as well as internal investigations and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice.  Since leaving the bench in May of 2016 she has conducted many mediations and arbitrations and has handled a number of mock trials and arguments.  She is also a member of Stroock’s Internal Investigations Unit, formed to help companies and organizations respond to suspected sexual misconduct.

Judge Scheindlin, who was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, has presided over numerous criminal and civil cases during her 22-year tenure with the Southern District of New York. Among many important cases, her opinions in electronic case management are recognized as case law landmarks, and she is the co-author of the first casebook on electronic discovery. Judge Scheindlin previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York and General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation. Earlier in her career she spent many years in private practice, including a stint as a litigation associate at Stroock.

Judge Scheindlin is a frequently published author and lecturer.  She is currently an adjunct professor at NYU Law School and has also held that position at Cardozo and Brooklyn Law Schools.  She is a member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) and the CPR Panel, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity Task Force.  She is also a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). She is the Chair of the Federal Courts Subcommittee of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, the former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Co-Chair of the Section’s Task Force on Women’s Initiatives.  She is or has been a member of various committees of the American Law Institute, the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the Federal Bar Council and the New York Inn of Court.  She also served for seven years on the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States.  She now serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the American Constitution Society, the Bronx Defenders and the Justice Resource Center.

HONORS & AWARDS

  • David G. Trager Award, Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office, 2016
  • Stanley Fuld Award for Contributions to Commercial Litigation, New York State Bar Association, 2014
  • Jurist of the Year, New York Criminal Bar Association, 2014
  • Judicial Recognition Award, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
  • William Nelson Cromwell Award for Outstanding Public Service, New York County Lawyers' Association, 2007
  • Edward Weinfeld Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Administration of Justice, New York County Lawyers' Association, 2005
  • William J. Brennan Award, New York State Bar Association, 2003

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Chair, Federal Courts Subcommittee of the Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, American Bar Association
  • Member, Advisory Council, Cornell Law School
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Council
  • Member, New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member, Council on Judicial Administration, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Board of Directors, Justice Resource Center (Mentor)
  • President's Council, Good Shepherd Services
  • Judicial Advisory Board, The Sedona Conference
  • Board of Directors (Executive Committee), Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Board of Directors, American Constitution Society
  • Board of Directors, Bronx Defenders

SPEECHES & EVENTS

Judge Scheindlin is a frequent lecturer at law schools, bar associations and professional associations.  Below is a select list of some presentations.  She speaks on many topics including:  complex civil litigation, class actions, discovery of electronic data, ADR, women in the law, the Sentencing Guidelines, impact litigation, race and policing and the War on Terrorism.
 
  • American Bar Association
  • Columbia University Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Federal Judicial Center
  • Fordham Law School
  • Georgetown Law School
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Practising Law Institute
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford Law School
  • UCLA School of Law
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law
  • Yale Law School

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author, "Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence in a Nutshell," West Academic Publishing, 2009; Second Edition, 2016
  • Co-author, "Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence, Cases and Materials," American Casebook Series, West Academic Publishing, 2008; Second Edition, 2012; Third Edition, 2016
  • "Random Thoughts of a Federal District Judge, Fourth Annual Institute for Investor Protection Conference: The New Landscape of Securities Fraud Class Actions," Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Spring 2015, Vol. 46, No. 3
  • "Big Data and Privacy:  Finding the Balance," New York Law Journal, February 10, 2014
  • Co-author, "Criminal Law Catches Up:  New ESI Guidelines Issued," New York Law Journal, February 29, 2012
  • "The Future of Litigation," New York Law Journal, February 5, 2010
  • Co-author, "Sanctions in Electronic Discovery Cases: Views from the Judges," 78 Fordham L. Rev. (2009)

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York

U.S. Supreme Court


EDUCATION

J.D., cum laude, Cornell Law School, 1975

M.A., Columbia University, 1969

B.A., University of Michigan, 1967

Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (U.S.D.J. Ret.) is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Unconscious Bias Towards Women in the Law: How to Recognize it and Rise Above it - Women Lawyers in Leadership 2018, Monday, January 29, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Unconscious Bias Towards Women in the Law: How to Recognize it and Rise Above it - Unconscious Bias Towards Women in the Law: How to Recognize it and Rise Above it, Monday, January 29, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Unconscious Bias Towards Women in the Law: How to Recognize it and Rise Above it - Unconscious Bias Towards Women in the Law: How to Recognize it and Rise Above it, Monday, January 29, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Unconscious Bias Towards Women in the Law: How to Recognize it and Rise Above it - Unconscious Bias Towards Women in the Law: How to Recognize it and Rise Above it, Monday, January 29, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Women Lawyers in Leadership 2018, Friday, February 02, 2018, New York, NY
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