Hon. Shira A. Sheindlin (Ret.)

Of Counsel in New York for Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

Former U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin is Of Counsel in New York for Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice and Stroock’s Internal Investigations Unit. She is now engaged in arbitration and mediation with AAA, ICDR, FedArb and CPR. She has also served as an adjunct professor of law at several New York City law schools.  In 2017, Scheindlin was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Scheindlin presided over numerous criminal and civil cases over her 22 years on the bench in the Southern District of New York. She also served as a Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation.

Scheindlin has authored and co-authored numerous publications, including After #MeToo We Can’t Ditch Due Process, an op-ed in The Guardian; Trump’s Crazy Choices for the Courts, an op-ed in the New York Times; The Impact of Race and Policy in the National Black Law Journal; and Hard Talk: Will Policy Body Cameras Improve Accountability? In Americas Quarterly.

Scheindlin chairs the Federal Courts Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System and co-chairs the Diversity Task Force of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. She co-chairs the Women’s Initiative of the New York State Bar’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. She also serves on the board of directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Bronx Defenders and the Justice Resource Center. She served for seven years on the advisory committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Scheindlin has earned numerous honors from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, the New York Criminal Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers Association.

Scheindlin received her J.D. cum laude from Cornell University, her M.A. from Columbia University and her B.A. from University of Michigan in history and Chinese studies.