Brooklyn Law School announced the appointment of Judge Reena Raggi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to the Law School’s Board of Trustees.
Chairman of the Board Stuart Subotnick said, “We are delighted to have someone of such stature join the Board and play an important role in moving the Law School forward. She was the first woman to be appointed as a judge in the Eastern District, and, at the time, one of the youngest federal judges in the nation. I’m sure she will lead the Law School to many more firsts as well.”
Judge Raggi was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on October 4, 2002. Prior to that appointment, she served for 15 years as a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and holds a J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.
After law school, Judge Raggi was a law clerk to Chief Judge Thomas E. Fairchild of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She then joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel as an associate from 1977 to 1979. She left private practice to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and held several leadership positions during her seven years with the Office, serving as both Chief of the Narcotics Division and Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division before being name United States Attorney in 1986 by order of the Eastern District Board of Judges. Prior to her appointment to the District Court, Judge Raggi returned to private practice as a partner with the firm of Windels, Marx, Davies & Ives.
Judge Raggi presently serves on the Judicial Conference Standing Committee on the Federal Rules, and this fall will assume the chairmanship of the Conference’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure. She is also the President of the Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court. She has been the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Federal Bar Council’s Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence.
In 2004, Brooklyn Law School awarded Judge Raggi an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.