Miriam Cedabaum

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

Miriam Cedabaum

Miriam Cedabaum

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

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April 20, 2012
Miriam Cedarbaum
senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Columbia Law School
Judge Miriam Cedarbaum '53 Honored for Trailblazing Achievements
Award Presented by Columbia Law Women's Association
Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum ’53, senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, was this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award at the Columbia Law Women’s Association annual Myra Bradwell Award Dinner. The award honors the influential women who have graduated from Columbia Law School, and have helped pave the way for future generations of women lawyers.
Cedarbaum has been on the federal bench since 1986, and has presided over dozens of high-profile cases, including, most recently, the trial of Faisal Shahzad, who was convicted of an attempted car bomb attack in New York's Times Square. She was also the judge on the Martha Stewart trial.

A graduate of the class of 1953, Cedarbaum was one of only eight women in a class of 280. That “didn’t stop her from achieving an outstanding law school record,” her friend and colleague, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, also a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, said in her introduction. While at the Law School, Cedarbaum served on the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review and was both a James Kent and a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.
Bradwell, a lawyer and political activist, was denied admission to the Illinois Bar in 1869; as a married woman, she was prohibited from entering into legally binding contracts. When she appealed her case to the Supreme Court in 1873, the court upheld the state’s decision, and Bradwell did not receive her license until 1890.
Bradwell's marriage to James Bradwell, a penniless English immigrant, was ultimately a boon to her legal career. He was “brilliant lawyer,” said Cedarbaum, and “the true life partner who would support and collaborate with her.”

After reading law in James’ office, Bradwell founded The Chicago Legal News.
While Cedarbaum is well known for trying the Martha Stewart insider trading case in 2004, Scheindlin noted that her friend also “made her mark with respect to another well-known Martha,” citing Cedarbaum’s use of the “vehicle of the trial to recapture the history of the Martha Graham Dance Company.” Cedarbaum ruled that the company’s parent organization, the Martha Graham Dance Center, owns the rights to 54 of Graham's dances, with an additional 10 in the public domain because of public access to them through films and videos.
Sheindlin highlighted Cedarbaum’s devotion to public service as a trustee emerita of Barnard College, as a member emeritus of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia Law School, and—in her hometown—as counsel to the Scarsdale Open Society Association, among other local positions

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Miriam Cedabaum
Senior Judge at United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Education
LLB, James KENT Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Class of 1953

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

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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.

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Member, Board of Editors
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The Columbia Law Review is one of the world’s leading publications of legal scholarship. Founded in 1901, the Review is an independent nonprofit corporation that produces a law journal edited and published entirely by students at Columbia Law School. It is one of a handful of student-edited law journals in the nation that publish eight issues a year. The Review is one of the most widely distributed and cited law reviews in the country. It receives about 2,000 submissions per year and selects approximately 20–25 manuscripts for publication annually, in addition to student Notes. In 2008, the Review expanded its audience with the launch of Sidebar, an online supplement to the Review. By bringing together a diverse group of legal scholars, practitioners, community leaders, and judges, Sidebar provides an important, emerging forum for the discussion of pressing legal issues.

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