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Loretta A. Preska

Nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • Loretta A. Preska is a well respected United States District Court Judge in the Southern District of New York, where she has served since 1992. Previously, she worked for nearly twenty years as a civil litigator in private practice.
  • Judge Preska was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in March 1992. The Senate unanimously confirmed her to that position in August 1992. In her capacity as a district judge, Judge Preska has written opinions on a wide range of complex matters.
  • In private practice, Judge Preska represented clients at the trial and appellate level. She has represented clients in such areas as commercial civil litigation - including antitrust, defamation, securities, and contract matters - and federal regulatory issues.
  • Judge Preska is committed to serving the legal profession and the public.
    • Judge Preska currently serves as chair of the Second Circuit Federal-State Judicial Council, a council made up of federal and state trial and appellate judges appointed by the Chief Judge of the Second Circuit and the Chief Judge of the State of New York, assisted by an advisory group of New York lawyers.
    • From 1998 to 2004, Judge Preska served as a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
    • While in private practice, Judge Preska served on a pro bono basis as Special Trial Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the New York Appellate Division, First Department.
  • Judge Preska possesses impressive academic credentials.
    • Judge Preska received her law degree from the Fordham University School of Law in 1973. Attending school at night, she received an LL.M in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law in 1978.
    • Judge Preska graduated from the College of St. Rose in 1970.