Rosemary S. Pooler
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit|
June 3, 1998
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Frank Altimari|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York|
August 10, 1994 – June 3, 1998
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Howard Munson|
|Succeeded by||Norman Mordue|
June 21, 1938 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brooklyn College
University of Connecticut
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
State University of New York, Albany
Rosemary S. Pooler (born June 21, 1938) is a U.S. federal judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Following graduation from law school, Pooler entered private law practice in Syracuse, New York. In 1972, she was appointed as Director of the Consumer Affairs Unit in the Syracuse Corporation Counsel's Office, serving in that post for a year. From 1974 to 1975, she served on the Syracuse City Council. In 1975, she was appointed as Chairman of the New York State Consumer Protection Board, serving until 1980. The following year, she was appointed to the state Public Service Commission. In 1987, she served as a committee staff member for the New York State Assembly. Following a stint on the law faculty at Syracuse University College of Law, she served for a year as Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Atlantic States Legal Foundation.
In 1986, Rosemary Pooler decided to run for the United States House of Representatives. She challenged conservative Republican incumbent George C. Wortley, who was seeking a fourth term. She campaigned aggressively and came within less than 1,000 votes of winning. In 1988, Wortley decided not to seek reelection. Pooler was considered a leading prospect of a Democratic gain. But her Republican opponent that year, Syracuse City Councilman James T. Walsh, was a much more difficult target for her attacks. A pro-labor former Peace Corps volunteer from a well-known political family (his father had been a popular Mayor), he was difficult for Pooler to portray as a right-winger, and her efforts to do so fell flat. Walsh won handily, with Pooler winning only 42% of the vote.
In 1990, she was elected as a Justice for the Fifth Judicial District of the Supreme Court of New York. Four years later, she was appointed to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton, serving from 1994 to 1998, as federal district judge in the Northern District of New York. She received her current appointment as a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1998.
- Rosemary S. Pooler at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit