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The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice

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An in-depth look at the life and career of Judge Shira Scheindlin, the trailblazing jurist who held powerful corporations accountable

A Black And White Portrait Of Judge Shira Scheindlin, A Woman In Her Late 60s With A Short Haircut And Glasses, Wearing A Judicial Robe. Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America To Justice

Judge Shira Scheindlin is a force to be reckoned with. For over three decades, she has presided over some of the most high-profile cases in American history, including the landmark antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft and the 9/11 wrongful death litigation. Known for her sharp wit and fearless independence, Scheindlin has made a name for herself as a maverick judge who is not afraid to take on powerful interests.

Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice
Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice

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Scheindlin was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1945. Her father was a lawyer, and her mother was a social worker. She attended Barnard College and Columbia Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude. After law school, Scheindlin worked as an attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Attorney General's Office. In 1981, she was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court by Governor Hugh Carey.

Scheindlin quickly made a name for herself as a tough and fair judge. She was known for her keen intellect and her ability to see through the spin of attorneys. She also had a reputation for being independent and fearless, and she was not afraid to make rulings that went against the grain.

In 1994, Scheindlin was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Bill Clinton. She quickly became one of the most respected judges in the country. She presided over a number of high-profile cases, including the Microsoft antitrust lawsuit and the 9/11 wrongful death litigation.

In the Microsoft case, Scheindlin ruled that the company had violated antitrust laws by bundling its Internet Explorer browser with its Windows operating system. This was a major victory for the government, and it helped to break up Microsoft's monopoly in the tech industry.

In the 9/11 wrongful death litigation, Scheindlin presided over the trial of the lawsuits brought by the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. She ruled that the airlines and security companies were not liable for the attacks, but she allowed the families to sue the terrorists themselves. This was a major victory for the families, and it gave them some measure of justice.

Scheindlin has been praised for her intelligence, her fairness, and her independence. She has also been criticized for her rulings, which have sometimes been controversial. However, there is no doubt that Scheindlin is one of the most influential judges in American history. She has helped to shape the law in a number of areas, and she has made a difference in the lives of countless people.

Early Life and Education

Shira Scheindlin was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 22, 1945. Her father, Abraham Scheindlin, was a lawyer, and her mother, Miriam Scheindlin, was a social worker. Scheindlin attended Barnard College, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1966. She then attended Columbia Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1969.

Early Career

After law school, Scheindlin worked as an attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Attorney General's Office. In 1981, she was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court by Governor Hugh Carey.

Judicial Career

Scheindlin quickly made a name for herself as a tough and fair judge. She was known for her keen intellect and her ability to see through the spin of attorneys. She also had a reputation for being independent and fearless, and she was not afraid to make rulings that went against the grain.

In 1994, Scheindlin was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Bill Clinton. She quickly became one of the most respected judges in the country. She presided over a number of high-profile cases, including the Microsoft antitrust lawsuit and the 9/11 wrongful death litigation.

Microsoft Antitrust Lawsuit

In the Microsoft case, Scheindlin ruled that the company had violated antitrust laws by bundling its Internet Explorer browser with its Windows operating system. This was a major victory for the government, and it helped to break up Microsoft's monopoly in the tech industry.

9/11 Wrongful Death Litigation

In the 9/11 wrongful death litigation, Scheindlin presided over the trial of the lawsuits brought by the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. She ruled that the airlines and security companies were not liable for the attacks, but she allowed the families to sue the terrorists themselves. This was a major victory for the families, and it gave them some measure of justice.

Legacy

Scheindlin has been praised for her intelligence, her fairness, and her independence. She has also been criticized for her rulings, which have sometimes been controversial. However, there is no doubt that Scheindlin is one of the most influential judges in American history. She has helped to shape the law in a number of areas, and she has made a difference in the lives of countless people.

Controversies

Scheindlin has been involved in a number of controversial cases throughout her career. In 2001, she ruled that the New York City Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional. This ruling was overturned by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, but it sparked a national debate about racial profiling.

In 2011, Scheindlin ruled that the National Rifle Association (NRA) could not be held liable for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. This ruling was also overturned by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Scheindlin's rulings have sometimes been criticized as being too lenient. In 2014, she sentenced former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma to nine years in prison for insider trading. This sentence was considered to be too lenient by some, who argued that Martoma should have received a life sentence.

Despite the controversies, Scheindlin remains one of the most respected judges in the country. She is known for her intelligence, her fairness, and her independence. She has helped to shape the law in a number of areas, and she has made a difference in the lives of countless people.

Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice
Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice

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Language : English
File size : 2598 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 344 pages
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Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice
Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice

4.6 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 2598 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 344 pages
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