David Norton Edelstein

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David Norton Edelstein (February 16, 1910 – August 19, 2000) was a United States federal judge.

Born in New York, New York, Edelstein received a B.S. and an M.A. from Fordham University, and an LL.B. from Fordham University School of Law. He entered private practice in New York City. He was an attorney in the Claims Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in 1944. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1945 to 1947. He was a special assistant to U.S. attorney general of the Lands Division from 1947 to 1948, and an assistant U.S. attorney general of the Customs Division from 1948 to 1951.

On November 1, 1951, Edelstein received a recess appointment from President Harry S. Truman to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by Alfred C. Coxe, Jr.. Formally nominated on January 30, 1952, Edelstein was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 7, 1952, and received his commission on April 8, 1952. He served as chief judge from 1971–1980, and assumed senior status on November 1, 1994, serving in that capacity until his death, in New York, New York.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Alfred Conkling Coxe, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
1952–1994
Succeeded by
Jed S. Rakoff
Preceded by
Sidney Sugarman
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
1971–1980
Succeeded by
Lloyd Francis MacMahon