PRACTICE AREAS


Former United States District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and serves as an arbitrator/mediator under the auspices of JAMS. 

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 and has been an adjunct professor for more than 30 years, teaching at Brooklyn and Cardozo Law Schools. She has also served on several committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a former chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.  

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

  • Member, Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, American Bar Association, 2012-present
  • 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

SPEECHES & EVENTS

Judge Scheindlin is a frequent lecturer at colleges, university law schools and bar associations:
 
  • American Bar Association
  • Columbia University Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Fordham Law School
  • Georgetown Law School
  • 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


EDUCATION

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

M.A., Columbia University, 1969

B.A., University of Michigan, 1967