Shira Scheindlin

Judge from United States of America

Shira A. Scheindlin (pronounced SHEND-lin) (born 1946, in Washington, D.C.) is a United States District Court judge for the Southern District of New York. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 28, 1994, to a seat vacated by Louis J. Freeh (who went on the be the director of the FBI), confirmed by the United States Senate on September 28, 1994, and commissioned on September 29, 1994. Scheindlin is known for her intellectual acumen, demanding courtroom demeanor, aggressive interpretations of the law, expertise in mass torts, electronic discovery, and complex litigation. Scheindlin received her Bachelor's Degree in Far Eastern Studies from University of Michigan (1967), her Master's Degree in History from Columbia University (1969), and her J.D. from Cornell Law School (1975). Before taking her current seat on the Southern District, Scheindlin worked as a prosecutor, commercial lawyer, and judge. She was a clerk for federal judge Charles L. Brieant, and from 1977 to 1981 was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. From 1981 to 1982, she was General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation. Starting in 1982, and  ( Wikipedia article )


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Known as
Judge Shira Scheindlin
Date of birth
United States of America


Institution From To
Cornell University
Columbia University
University of Michigan
Cornell Law School

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