Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum

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Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum (born September 16, 1929) is a senior judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Cedarbaum has been involved in many other prominent cases during her tenure on the federal bench, including the trial of Martha Stewart.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Cedarbaum was nominated by Ronald Reagan on February 3, 1986, to a seat vacated by Charles E. Stewart. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 3, 1986, and received her commission on March 4, 1986. Judge Cedarbaum assumed senior status on March 31, 1998.

Cedarbaum oversaw the case against the would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.[1]


Born into a middle-class Jewish family, Cedarbaum grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.[2] Judge Cedarbaum attended Barnard College (B.A. 1950), and then Columbia Law School (LL.B. 1953).

Professional career[edit]


Cedarbaum was married on August 25, 1957[3] to the late Bernard Cedarbaum, long-time partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn,[4] and has two children, Daniel, a lawyer and leader of Reconstructionist Judaism in Chicago,[5] and Jonathan, a lawyer in D.C. who clerked for the now-retired Associate Justice David Souter of the Supreme Court.[6]