Lois Bloom was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York on May 18, 2001. Before her appointment in the Eastern District, Magistrate Judge Bloom served as Senior Staff Attorney in the Pro Se Office of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for 13 years. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her first job out of law school was representing single room occupancy tenants as a staff attorney at the West Side SRO Law Project, part of the Goddard Riverside Community Center. Judge Bloom has spoken on Civil Rights Issues, Access to Justice, Employment Discrimination, Habeas Corpus and Federal Civil Procedure at numerous conferences. She also trains new Magistrate Judges as part of the Federal Judicial Center’s orientation for newly appointed judges.