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Nina Gershon

Nina Gershon
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Assumed office
October 16, 2008
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
In office
August 1, 1996 – October 16, 2008
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Leonard D. Wexler
Succeeded by William Francis Kuntz
United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
Personal details
Born 1940 (age 74–75)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater Cornell University
Yale Law School

Nina Gershon (born 1940) is a federal district judge in the Eastern District of New York. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 at the recommendation of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.[1] She assumed senior status on October 16, 2008.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Gershon received a B.A. in English with honors from Cornell in 1962 and an L.L.B. from Yale Law School in 1965.[2] In 1965 and 1966, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics' Hampstead Clinic. She was a Staff attorney of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Mental Health Information Service from 1966 to 1968, and was then assistant corporation counsel with the Appeals Division of the New York City Law Department from 1968-1969, and from 1970-1972.[2] She was a professor of law and political science at the University of California, San Diego from 1969 to 1970.[2] She was an attorney for the New York City Law Department from 1972 to 1976, serving as Chief of the Federal Appeals Division from 1972 to 1975 and Chief of the Consumer Protection Division from 1975 to 1976.[2]

Federal judicial service

In 1976, Gershon became a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York, an office she would hold for twenty years. She was also an adjunct professor of law at the Cardozo School of Law from 1986 to 1988. On October 18, 1995, Gershon was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York vacated by Leonard D. Wexler. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 30, 1996, and received her commission on August 1, 1996. She assumed senior status on October 16, 2008.[2]

Notable cases

  • In 1999, Gershon ruled that New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani could not cut the Brooklyn Museum of Art's funding after it mounted an exhibit entitled "Sensation". Giuliani described the works in the exhibit as "sick" and "disgusting." [4]
  • In 2000, Gershon ruled that New York's century-old kosher food laws violated the First Amendment.[5]
  • In the spring of 2006, Gershon presided over the trial of Shahawar Matin Siraj, a Pakistani immigrant who was accused of plotting to blow up New York's Herald Square subway station. After a four-week trial, a jury found Siraj guilty of four crimes, including plotting to bomb a public transportation system.[6] On January 8, 2007, Gershon sentenced Siraj to 30 years imprisonment for his role in the plot.[7]

External links


  1. ^ 142 Cong. Rec. S 9312
  2. ^ a b c d e Nina Gershon at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ New York Times, October 4, 1999, "In Museum Case, Judge Has Eye for Law, if Not Art".
  4. ^ Brooklyn Inst. of Arts & Scis v. City of New York & Rudolph W. Giuliani, 64 F. Supp. 2d 184, 205 (E.D.N.Y. 1999)
  5. ^ , 106 F. Supp. 2d 445 (E.D.N.Y. 2000)Commack Self-Service Kosher Meats, Inc. v. Rubin
  6. ^ New York Times, May 25, 2006.
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Preceded by
Leonard D. Wexler
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Succeeded by
William Francis Kuntz
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