This Week: Judge in Residence

The Honorable Shira Scheindlin (ret.)

Judge Scheindlin, retired from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, will trace the history of the relationship between law enforcement and race from the Civil War to the present. She will address how this history explains many of the current issues surrounding police practices and how they impact people of color. Her talk will cover the legal standards to be applied in the controversial areas of stop and frisk, when use of force is justified, and whether the standards for either are sufficiently clear. She will touch on the problem of mass incarceration and its effect on minority communities. Finally, she will address some reforms and solutions to the continued problem of the relationship between the police and the community.

Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, who was appointed to the bench in 1994, authored many landmark decisions during her 22-year tenure with the Southern District of New York. Her opinions in electronic case management were highly influential in the development of electronic discovery standards. E.g. Zubulake v. UBS Warburg, 217 F.R.D. 309 (S.D.N.Y. 2003). Judge Scheindlin also wrote a series of opinions addressing challenges to stop-and-frisk policies in New York City, which resulted in a significant overhaul of the city’s policing practices. E.g. Floyd v. City of New York, 959 F. Supp. 2d 540 (S.D.N.Y. 2013).

Since 2016, Judge Scheindlin has been of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP where she is part of the Litigation Practice Group and serves as an arbitrator and mediator. Judge Scheindlin is a frequent author and lecturer and has been an adjunct professor for more than 30 years, teaching at Brooklyn and Cardozo Law Schools.

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