The Honorable Loretta Preska, LAW ’73, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, will lecture on “Judicial Independence” in honor of Constitution Day, on Friday, September 22, at 12 p.m., at the Law School, 140 W. 62nd St., Room 430.
A Federalist Society member, Preska looks at what it means to say that we have an “independent judiciary” in America; what level of influence the elected branches of our government should have over the judiciary; and whether the independence of our judiciary is under threat, and if so, how.
Preska was appointed to the Southern District in 1992. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, and later an associate and partner at Hertzog Calamari & Gleason LLP. She received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Public Service Alumni Award from Fordham Law School in 1992 and served several terms as a vice president on the board of directors of the Fordham Law Alumni Association, from which she received the Medal of Achievement in 1998. Preska is a member of the Federal Bar Council, the New York County Lawyers Association, and the New York State Bar Association. She has also served on the advisory board of the New York Chapter of the Federalist Society and, since 2001, on the New York regional panel for the selection of White House fellows.