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2016 Judge in Residence Program featuring Hon. Jed S. Rakoff


Date: March 14-16, 2016

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Jed S. Rakoff has served since March, 1996 as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  Judge Rakoff also holds the position of Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses in white collar crime, science and the law, class actions, and the interplay of civil and criminal law. He has co-authored five books, written over 130 published articles, delivered over 520 speeches, and authored over 1500 judicial opinions.

Judge Rakoff holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College (1964), an M.Phil. degree from Oxford University (Balliol, 1966), and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School (1969).  Following law school, he spent a year clerking for the late Hon. Abraham L. Freedman, US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and two years as an associate at the Debevoise law firm. From 1973-80, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney Office in the Southern District of New York , the last two years of which he was Chief of Business & Securities Fraud Prosecutions.  Thereafter, before going on the bench, he was a partner at two large law firms in New York, specializing in white collar criminal defense and civil RICO

Judge Rakoff serves on the National Commission on Forensic Science and is co-chair of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Eyewitness Identification.  In addition to his current service on the New York City Bar Association’s Executive Committee, he previously served as chair of the Association’s Honors and Criminal Law Committees, as Chair of the Second Circuit’s Bankruptcy Committee, and as Chair of the Southern District of New York’s Grievance Committee and Criminal Justice Advisory Board.  He has also served on Swarthmore College’s Board of Managers, on the Governance Board of the MacArthur Foundation’s Project on Law and Neuroscience, and on the Committee on the Development of the Third Edition of the Manual on Scientific Evidence.  He serves the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State in training programs of Iraqi judges in Baghdad and in Istanbul. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Law Institute, and is a Judicial Fellow for the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.  He was a Director of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers from 1990-1994.

Judge Rakoff is married to Dr. Ann Rakoff (the Executive Director of the Fordham Law School Corporate Center); they have three daughters and one grandchild.  Judge Rakoff has officiated at over 60 weddings.  He is the author of numerous lyrics and humorous poems, some of which have been published.  His and his wife’s hobby is ballroom dancing.