Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (Ret.)

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Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (Ret.) joins JAMS after serving for 22 years as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Judge Scheindlin previously worked as a prosecutor (Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York), commercial lawyer (General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation and partner at Herzfeld & Rubin), and Judge (Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York 1982-1986 and Special Master in the Agent Orange mass tort litigation). Judge Scheindlin is known for her intellectual acumen, and expertise in mass torts, electronic discovery, civil rights, constitutional, and complex litigation.

During her tenure as a District Court Judge, Judge Scheindlin presided over a number of high profile cases, many of which advanced important new positions in the common law. She is also known for presiding over complex and highly-publicized cases involving civil rights and public policy, including Newton v. City of New York, Floyd v. City of New York, Peoples v. Fischer, Casale v. Kelly and Brown v. Kelly, Finch v. New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and many others.

Judge Scheindlin has been a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (1998-2005). She 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. She is the author of the first e-discovery casebook (together with Professor Dan Capra and the Sedona Conference) and many articles. On the subject of electronic records management, her opinions in Zubulake v. UBS Warburg LLC, and Pension Committee v. Banc of America Securities, have come to be recognized as case law landmarks. She is the recipient of many awards including the Fuld Award from the New York State Bar Association, the Weinfeld Award from the New York County Lawyers, and the Brennan Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Judge Scheindlin has lectured frequently for many professional organizations, including the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Sedona Conference, the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Association, the Federal Judicial Center, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and many law schools. Topics on which she frequently lectures include: complex civil litigation, class actions, discovery of electronic data, ADR, the Sentencing Guidelines, impact litigation, race and policing, and the War on Terrorism.

Honors, Memberships, and Public Service

Honors

  • David G. Trager Award: Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office: February 25, 2016
  • President’s Award: Bronx Bar Association, September 18, 2014
  • Jurist of the Year: New York Criminal Bar Association, June 9, 2014
  • Humanitarian of the Year Award: Canaan Baptist Church, May 11, 2014
  • Stanley Fuld Award for Contributions to Commercial Litigation, New York State Bar Association, January 29, 2014
  • 2008 Judicial Recognition Award, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, May 2, 2008
  • William Nelson Cromwell Award for Outstanding Public Service, New York County Lawyers’ Association, December 9, 2007
  • Edward Weinfeld Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Administration of Justice, New York County Lawyers’ Association, October 17, 2005
  • William J. Brennan Award, New York State Bar Association, 2003
  • Haig Award, New York State Bar Association, 2001
  • Board of Editors, Cornell Law Review; Special Achievement Award, U.S. Department of Justice, “in appreciation and recognition of Sustained Superior Performance of Duty;” Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship (Chinese)

Memberships and Public Service

  • Judicial Conference of the United States, Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 1998-2005
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, 2012-present
  • Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, Task Force on Electronic Public Access, 2009-2012
  • Cornell Law School, Advisory Council
  • New York State Bar Association, Chair, Section on Commercial and Federal Litigation; Member, House of Delegates
  • Federal Bar Council, Vice-President, Board of Directors; Planning Committee, Winter Meeting
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Council on Judicial Administration; Committee on Women in the Profession Committee
  • American Inns of Court, Counselor of the New York Inn of Court
  • Justice Resource Center, Board of Directors (Mentor)
  • Good Shepherd Services, Board of Directors; President’s Council
  • The Sedona Conference, Judicial Advisory Board
  • Second Circuit Judicial Conference Planning Committee
  • Southern District Advisory Group - Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990
  • Southern District Pilot Project (Chair) - Complex Civil Litigation 2011
  • Magistrate Judge Selection Committee, Eastern District of New York
  • Bankruptcy Judge Selection Committees, Eastern District of New York and Southern District of New York
  • American Law Institute: (Working Group on Aggregate Litigation)

Publications

  • Shira A. Scheindlin & The Sedona Conference, Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence in a Nutshell (2009); Second Edition (2016)
  • Shira A. Scheindlin, Daniel J. Capra, & The Sedona Conference, Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence, Cases and Materials (2008); Second Edition 2012, Third Edition 2016
  • The Impact of Race and Policing, National Black Law Journal (forthcoming Vol. 25, Issue 1)
  • Hard Talk: Will police body cameras improve accountability? Americas Quarterly (Vol. 9, No. 2 Spring 2015)
  • 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 (Vol. 46, No. 3 Spring 2015)
  • Judicial Fact-Finding and the Trial Court Judge, University of Miami Law Review (2015)
  • The Adverse Inference Instruction After Revised Rule 37(e), Fordham Law Review (Fall 2014) (with Natalie Orr, Esq.)
  • Big Data and Privacy: Finding the Balance, New York Law Journal (February 10, 2014)
  • Criminal Law Catches Up: New ESI Guidelines Issued, New York Law Journal (February 29, 2012) (with Jeffrey Rabkin, Esq.)
  • The Future of Litigation, New York Law Journal (February 5, 2010)
  • We Need Help: The Increasing Use of Special Masters in Federal Court, 58 DePaul L. Rev. (2009)
  • John M. Facciola, Elizabeth D. Laporte, Loretta Preska and Shira A. Scheindlin, Sanctions in Electronic Discovery Cases: Views from the Judges, 78 Fordham L. Rev (2009)
  • Special Masters and E-Discovery: The Intersection of Two Recent Revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 30 Cardozo L. Rev. (2008) (with Jonathan M. Redgrave, Esq.)
  • Marcia G. Cooke, Gerald Ellis Rosen, Leonard Burke Sand, & Shira A. Scheindlin, Trying Cases Related to Allegations of Terrorism: Judges' Roundtable, 77 Fordham L. Rev. 1 (2008)
  • Masters and E-Discovery: The Intersection of Two Recent Revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 30 Cardozo L. Rev. 397 (November 2008) (with Jonathan M. Redgrave, Esq.)
  • One Day in September, New York Law Journal (Sept. 25, 2006) (with Brian Lehman, Esq.)
  • Electronic Discovery Sanctions in the Twenty-First Century, 11 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 71 (Fall 2004) (with Kanchana Wangkeo, Esq.)
  • With All Due Deference: Judicial Responsibility in a Time of Crisis, 32 Hofstra L. Rev. 795 (Spring 2004) (with Matthew L. Schwartz, Esq.)
  • Mastering Rule 53: The Evolution and Impact of the New Federal Rule Governing Special Masters, 51 Federal Lawyer 34 (Feb. 2004) (with Jonathan M. Redgrave, Esq.)
  • Revisions in Federal Rule 53 Provide New Options for Using Special Masters in Litigation, 76 Journal of the N.Y.S. Bar Association 18 (Jan. 2004) (with Jonathan M. Redgrave, Esq.)
  • Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Tort Litigation, and the Public Good: A Roundtable Discussion to Honor One of America’s Great Trial Judges on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday, 12 J.L. & Pol’y 149 (2003) (panel)
  • Outside Counsel: Retaining, Destroying and Producing E-Data: Part 2, New York Law Journal (May 9, 2002) (with Jeffrey Rabkin, Esq.)
  • Electronic Discovery in Federal Civil Litigation: Is Rule 34 Up to the Task?, 41 B.C.L. Rev. 327 (2000) (with Jeffrey Rabkin, Esq.)
  • Secrecy and the Courts: The Judges’ Perspective, 9 J.L. & Pol’y 169 (2000) (panel)
  • Foreword, A Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Discovery in the Information Age, Washington Legal Foundation (2000)
  • Judges, Juries, and Sexual Harassment, 17 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 813 (1999) (with John Elofson, Esq.)
  • A Year in the Life: Reflections of a New District Judge, New York Law Journal, Nov. 20, 1995
  • The ADR Landscape, 496 PLI/Lit 437 (1994) (with David Ross, Esq.)
  • Legal/Business Advice Dichotomy, The New York Law Journal, Aug. 5, 1993
  • Guide to the Southern District of New York Civil Justice Expense and Delay Reduction Plan, 481 PLI/Lit 729 (1993)
  • “Portrait of a Lady”: The Woman Lawyer in the 1980s, 35 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 391 (1990) (with Prof. Stacy Caplow)
  • Discovering the Discoverable: A Bird’s Eye View of Discovery in a Complex Multidistrict Class Action Litigation, 52 Brooklyn L. Rev. 397 (1986)
  • Venue in the Second Circuit, 43 Brooklyn L. Rev. 841 (1977) (with Hon. Charles L. Brieant, Jr.)
  • Legal Services — Past and Present, 59 Cornell L. Rev. 960 (1974)

Background and Education

  • United States District Court Judge, Southern District of New York, 1994-2016
  • Judicial Panel, Endispute, 1992-1994
  • Member, Herzfeld & Rubin, 1990-1994
  • Member, Budd Larner Gross Rosenbaum Greenberg & Sade, 1986-1990
  • United States Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of New York, 1982-1986
  • General Counsel, New York City Department of Investigation, 1981-1982
  • Administrative Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief, Economic Crimes Unit, United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York, 1977-1981
  • Law Clerk to Chief Judge Charles L. Brieant, Jr., Southern District of New York, 1976-1977
  • Associate, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, 1975-1976
  • J.D., cum laude, Cornell Law School, 1975
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1969
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1967

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