Anita Blumstein Brody
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania|
|Assumed office |
June 8, 2009
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania|
October 2, 1992 – June 8, 2009
|Appointed by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089|
|Succeeded by||L. Felipe Restrepo|
Anita Jane Blumstein
May 25, 1935
Brooklyn, New York
|Education||Wellesley College (BA)|
Columbia Law School (JD)
Anita Jane Brody (née Blumstein; born May 25, 1935), also known as Anita Blumstein Brody, is a senior United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Education and career
Brody was born in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 1955, and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1958. Brody was a deputy assistant state attorney general in New York from 1958 to 1959. From 1973 to 1981, she was in private practice in Philadelphia. In 1981, Brody was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh, and then elected a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, which is part of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area.
Federal judicial service
Brody was nominated by President George H. W. Bush on November 22, 1991, to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to a new seat created as a result of the passage of 104 Stat. 5089. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 2, 1992, and received her commission on October 2, 1992.
Brody presided over the case to decide whether a group of lawsuits by former NFL players against the NFL would be heard in federal court or whether the cases would be heard by an arbitrator in accordance with the league's collective bargaining agreement, as the league has requested. In an April 9, 2013 hearing, the NFL's lawyer, Paul Clement, admitted it would be difficult for the NFL to make the argument that an arbitrator should hear the cases of former players who never signed the collective bargaining agreement. The medical condition chronic traumatic encephalopathy (sometimes referred to simply as CTE) resulting from concussions is a factor in the suits.
- "Wellesley in Philadelphia Law Mentoring Event - Brown Bag Lunch With Judge Brody". Wellesley College. November 1, 2006. Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
- "Brody, Anita Blumstein - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- Judge hears NFL arguments to dismiss head trauma cases, nytimes.com, April 10, 2013.