Judge Jed S. Rakoff
U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York
Jed S. Rakoff has served since March 1996 as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He also frequently sits by designation on the 2nd, 3rd and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals. In addition, Judge Rakoff 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 more than 130 published articles, delivered more than 520 speeches, and authored more than 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 served as co-chair of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Eyewitness Identification. He serves on the New York City Bar Association’s Executive Committee, and was previously chair of the Association’s Honors and Criminal Law Committees. He was also Chair of the Second Circuit’s Bankruptcy Committee, and 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 assists 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.
Fraud Magazine | March/April 2016
Jed Rakoff and the Lonely Fight for Wall Street Justice
The Nation | June 18, 2014