Deborah Batts

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Deborah A. Batts
Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 13, 2012
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
May 9, 1994 – April 13, 2012
Nominated by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Richard Owen
Succeeded by Vernon S. Broderick
Personal details
Born (1947-04-13) April 13, 1947 (age 67)
Philadelphia, Pa.
Alma mater Radcliffe College
Harvard Law School

Deborah A. Batts (born 13 April 1947) is a United States federal judge, currently serving on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In June 1994, Deborah Batts was sworn in as a Federal District Judge for Manhattan, becoming the nation's first openly LGBT, African-American federal judge.[1] She took senior status on her 65th birthday, April 13, 2012.[2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Batts received an A.B. from Radcliffe College in 1969, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1972. She subsequently clerked from Judge Lawrence Pierce on the Federal Court on which she now serves as a Judge. She was an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1979 to 1984. In 1984 she became an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University. She was a Special associate counsel to the Department of Investigation for New York City from 1990 to 1991.

On January 27, 1994, following the recommendation of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, President Bill Clinton appointed Batts to a seat on the Southern District left open in 1989 when Judge Richard Owen took senior status. Batts was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 6, 1994, and received her commission on May 9, 1994. She continues to serve as an adjunct at Fordham.

Major cases[edit]

1999 - criminal trial of Cheng Yong Wang and Xingqi Fu, charged in scheme to arrange transplant of organs taken from executed Chinese prisoners.

2001-04 - criminal trial of Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, charged with stabbing jail guard while awaiting separate trial in 1998 United States embassy bombings conspiracy.

2006 - civil suit against former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Christine Todd Whitman alleging that she misled people near World Trade Center site about risks of toxic air pollution after September 11, 2001 attacks.

2008 - commercial litigation between Exxon Mobil and PdVSA with regards to Venezuela's expropriation of Exxon assets in the Orinoco Basin of Venezuela.

2009 - litigation regarding the publication of an unauthorized "sequel" to "Catcher in the Rye". Batts ordered an injunction to stop the book to going to press.

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