Most recently, Judge Scheindlin served for 21.5 years as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. She previously worked as a prosecutor and commercial lawyer, as well as a Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York and Special Master in the Agent Orange mass tort litigation. During her tenure as a District Court Judge, Judge Scheindlin presided over a number of high profile cases, many of which involved important issues of constitutional and common law. She is also known for presiding over highly-publicized cases involving civil rights and public policy.
Judge Scheindlin developed a reputation as an expert on e-discovery after a series of opinions in Zubulake v. UBS Warburg. She is also well known for her role in overseeing numerous mass tort cases and multi-district litigation, including cases relating to conflicts of interest at investment banks in initial public offerings and environmental cases over the gasoline additive MTBE.
Judge Scheindlin is a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, the American Law Institute, a former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the NYSBA, a former Board Member of the New York County Lawyers Association, the former counselor of the New York Inn of Court and a member of various committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
“Judge Scheindlin is known for her many contributions to the New York legal landscape, most especially for her landmark civil rights and public policy cases,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “Her interest in public interest, community-based and government-related work will make her an outstanding addition to our panel in New York. We’re thrilled to have her join us.”
“JAMS is the gold standard when it comes to ADR providers and it gives me great pleasure to continue doing this important work with such an impressive team,” said Judge Scheindlin. “I look forward to continue serving the public by focusing on public policy and civil rights matters and I’m excited to start this next chapter of my career.”
Judge Scheindlin received her B.A. from University of Michigan and her J.D. cum laude from the Cornell Law School. She also earned an M.A. from Columbia University.
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