Fordham Law

Fordham Law Alumna Named Chief Judge of U.S. District Court

May 26, 2009

Hon. Loretta A. Preska '73 has been named chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Preska has more than fifteen years of experience on the bench and has written opinions on a wide range of complex cases.

"I am honored to assume the position of chief judge of the distinguished Southern District of New York, and I aspire to serve with the intellect, energy and grace of my predecessor, Judge Kimba M. Wood," said Judge Preska. "As my alma mater, Fordham Law School, has continued to inspire students to practice law 'in the service of others,' I hope to assist our court in continuing its work in the service of others."

The scope of Judge Preska's rulings is expansive: it includes cases in antitrust (Madison Square Garden v. NHL and Pepsi v. Coca Cola), copyright (Liebovitz v. Paramount Pictures), and terrorism (United States v. Shah).

"Judge Preska exemplifies the best qualities of the judiciary: intelligence, integrity, service, and experience," said William Michael Treanor, Dean of Fordham Law. "Her list of notable cases is long and distinguished, and we here at the Law School very much look forward to following her future accomplishments on the bench and in our community."

Judge Preska was appointed to the court in 1992 by President George H. W. Bush. Before her judicial career, she was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and later partner at Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason. She has received numerous awards for her work, including Fordham Law's Public Interest Resource Center Louis J. Lefkowitz Public Service Alumni Award and, more recently, the New York State Bar Association's Stanley J. Fuld Award, for her outstanding contributions to the development of commercial law and jurisprudence on New York.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger