Stephen C. Robinson

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Stephen Craig Robinson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
September 22, 2003 – August 11, 2010
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by John S. Martin Jr.
Succeeded by Edgardo Ramos
United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut
In office
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Christopher F. Droney
Succeeded by Kevin J. O'Connor
Personal details
Born Stephen Craig Robinson
1957 (age 60–61)
Brooklyn, New York
Education Cornell University (B.A.)
Cornell Law School (J.D.)

Stephen Craig Robinson (born 1957) is a former United States District Judge who served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2003 to 2010.

Early life and education[edit]

Robinson was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in a housing project in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford–Stuyvesant.[1] Robinson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1979 and a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 1984.


Robinson was in private practice in New York City from 1984 to 1987 before becoming an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York in 1987. In 1991, he was managing director & associate general counsel for Kroll Associates before moving to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1993 where he was principal deputy general counsel & special assistant to the director. In 1995, he became counsel & chief compliance officer for Aetna U.S. Healthcare in Middletown, Connecticut. Appointed United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut in 1998, he served until 2001 after which he was interim manager of Empower New Haven.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Robinson was nominated by President George W. Bush on March 5, 2003, to a seat vacated by John S. Martin Jr. on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 17, 2003, and received commission on September 22, 2003. Robinson, a Democrat, had been recommended to the post by New York Senator Charles Schumer.[2]

On June 25, 2010, the American Lawyer reported that Robinson would be leaving the bench and joining the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as a partner in Skadden's litigation department.[3] He resigned from the bench on August 11, 2010.

Notable decisions[edit]

In May, 2009, Steven Robinson sentenced disgraced former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to four years in federal prison on eight felonies, including lying to the White House and filing false taxes.

In 2009, Stephen Robinson ruled that voting practices in Port Chester, New York violated the Voting Rights Act and applied a controversial remedy allowing cumulative voting.[4]


  1. ^ "Cornell Law School Alumnus Talks About Being a Judge in Contemporary Black America". Cornell University Law School: Spotlight. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Kenny, Claire (March 24, 2003). "Former prof gets nod for judgeship". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200". 
  4. ^ Fitzgerald, Jim. Associated Press. Residents get six votes each in suburban NY election. Access Date June 2010 [1].


Legal offices
Preceded by
John S. Martin Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Succeeded by
Edgardo Ramos