Lewis J. Liman

District Judge at United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Lewis J. Liman

Lewis J. Liman

District Judge at United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

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Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Partner at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

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Partner at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

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Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Senior Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

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Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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Of Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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Co-Leader, White Collar & Securities Litigation Practice at Dechert LLP

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Founder at New York Legal Assistance Group

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Chairman at New York Legal Assistance Group

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Lewis J. Liman
District Judge at United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Class of 1987

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

M.Sc. in Economics with Distinction
Class of 1984

LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford. A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,500 full time students from 140 countries It has a staff of just over 3,000, with about 46 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus An influential network of over 160,000 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 80 active alumni groups.

B.A., magna cum laude
Class of 1983

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.


The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Articles Editor

The Yale Law Journal is published eight times a year (monthly from October through June, excluding February) by The Yale Law Journal Company, Inc. Editorial and general offices are located in the Sterling Law Building at Yale University.


The Yale Journal of International Law (YJIL) is one of the world's preeminent international law journals. YJIL publishes articles, essays, notes, and commentary on a wide range of subjects in the fields of international, transnational, and comparative law on a biannual basis. Since November 2009, the Journal has published shorter analytical essays in YJIL Online, an online companion journal. In both its print and online editions, the Journal is committed to publishing cutting-edge, provocative, and thoughtful scholarship at the forefront of the field.

Career History
District Judge
2019 - Current

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (in case citations, S.D.N.Y.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the Southern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The Southern District is one of the most influential and active federal district courts in the United States, largely because of its jurisdiction over New York's major financial centers.

Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney
Tenure Unconfirmed

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

2003 - Prior

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is an international law firm that provides legal services to clients. The company serves multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments and their agencies, and domestic corporations and financial institutions. The company was founded in 1946 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Vice President, Board of Trustees

The organization began its existence in 1928 as a chapter of a national association of attorneys employed by the federal government. Because the national organization refused to admit African Americans, including Francis P. Giles, an Assistant United States Attorney from the Eastern District of New York, and a number of Assistants from the Southern District of New York, the group broke with the national organization. It was created as a separate organization, the Federal Bar Association of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, by act of the New York State Legislature, signed into law by then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, effective April 1, 1932. The organization sponsored the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Federal Courthouse at 40 Centre Street, Foley Square, on July 20, 1932, as well as the dinner at the Hotel Commodore upon the opening of the "new" courthouse in 1936. It was instrumental in lobbying for the creation of law clerks for federal district court judges. It participated in pressing for the adoption of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for which it was praised by Dean, later, Judge Charles E. Clark. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes was a frequent attendee at the organization's functions. In 1938, the organization adopted a resolution condemning the Rumanian government for endeavoring to oust Jewish members of the bar from their jobs. The tradition of the Thanksgiving Luncheon dates back to at least 1943. The Law Day Dinner was instituted in 1962. In 1968, the organization changed its name to the Federal Bar Council and made the courts of the Second Circuit its primary focus. The name "Council" was adopted because it reflected the advisory role to the courts which it had historically played, much like the Law Council of Inns of Court in England. In 1969, the Federal Bar Council conducted its first Winter Bench & Bar Conference which has been held every year since. The 2011 Winter Conference will be held at the Hilton Los Cabos, Mexico, with members of the bench and bar, many with their families in tow. The Conference will include 8 CLE programs, receptions and dinners. The Council held its first Fall Bench & Bar Retreat in 2000 with about 30 attendees. The 2010 Retreat welcomed over 200 members of the bench and bar for a weekend that included 5 CLE programs, receptions and dinners in a relaxing setting in the Berkshires

Member, Board of Directors
Prior - 2015

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is an American private company located in Washington, DC, that provides legal services that protects civil rights.

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The Educational Alliance currently serves 50,000 New Yorkers annually via 39 programs, including preschools, camps, after school programs, senior centers, health & wellness programs, arts & culture classes, and addiction recovery programs. All programs feature intergenerational and cross-cultural activities -- bringing together people from different backgrounds and age groups, so they can learn from and with each other. Who We Are The Educational Alliance is a non-profit organization that changes lives. Founded in 1889 to help Jewish immigrants get settled in the U.S., today we serve a broad and diverse group of downtown New Yorkers -- of all religions, ethnicities, races and socio-economic backgrounds. We help break the cycle of poverty for low-income children and families through our preschool, after school programs and college prep programs. We renew the minds & spirits of the weary through our art school. We provide companionship and meaningful activities for our older adults. We ensure that New York's hungry and homeless Jews have a place to get a warm kosher meal and a connection to the Jewish community. We give hope and support to people in despair through our addiction recovery programs. We're also home to downtown's most dynamic community center, The 14th Street Y, which has received the attention of the New York Times and New York Magazine

Political Donations

Representative from New York's 8th Congressional District


Former President of United States


Senator from New York

Awards & Honors
Court Admission: US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Court Admission: US Court of International Trade
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