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Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2017


Speaker(s): Barbara B. Brown, Darnley D. Stewart, Debra L. Raskin, Elizabeth Grossman, Hon. Cheryl L. Pollak, Hon. Denny Chin, Hon. James C. Francis IV (Ret.), James D. Esseks, Janis M. Meyer, Jill L. Rosenberg, Jonathan E. Sokotch, Kathleen M. McKenna, Louis P. DiLorenzo, Mark E. Brossman, Martin F. Scheinman, Pearl Zuchlewski, Susan Ritz, Tracy Richelle High
Recorded on: Jun. 20, 2017
PLI Program #: 185845

Barbara Brown is the senior employment lawyer in Paul Hastings’ Washington, D.C. office. She represents employers in the entire range of employment law matters, including:

  • employment discrimination class actions challenging pay, promotion, hiring and other personnel decisions;
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs compliance evaluations, particularly those focusing on compensation analysis;
  • whistleblower retaliation cases, under SOX, Dodd-Frank, discrimination laws, and other federal and state statutes;
  • wage and hour class actions;
  • sexual harassment investigations;
  • executive terminations and other personnel actions in the C suite; and
  • employment compliance diagnostics and strategic advice on diversity programs.

Ms. Brown served as the chair of the Washington, D.C. office of Paul Hastings from 2001-2013, as it more than doubled in size.  She served as Chair of the 25,000 member Labor & Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, and has written and spoken extensively on employment law.  She co-authored seven editions of Equal Employment Law Update (BNA 7th ed., Fall 1999), a comprehensive treatment of appellate authority across the field of employment law and litigation, and The Legal Guide to Human Resources (Thomson/West, Supp. 2014).  She is a Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes.  She graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Judge J. Joseph Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Darnley D. Stewart is Of Counsel to Outten & Golden LLP in New York, Co-chair of the Discrimination & Retaliation Practice Group, and Co-chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Workplace Rights Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Ms. Stewart was a partner at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP between 1999 and 2007, and a named partner at Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP between 2008 and 2015.

Ms. Stewart received her B.A. from Princeton University in 1984, and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1990. After law school, Ms. Stewart clerked for the Hon. R. Ammi Cutter and the Hon. Mel L. Greenberg on the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. Ms. Stewart was named Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law-Individuals in 2013, and was a finalist for “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in 2004.

Ms. Stewart is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) and its New York affiliate (“NELA/NY”).


James C. Francis IV is a Distinguished Lecturer at CUNY Law School, where he teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Constitutional Torts, and Electronic Discovery.  Previously, he was a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York from 1985 to 2017 and served as Chief Magistrate Judge from 1998 to 2000.  Judge Francis graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1974, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his juris doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1978 and a masters degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the same year.  Following graduation from law school, Judge Francis clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter in the Southern District of New York.  He then joined the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid Society where he conducted impact litigation in the areas of housing and education and served as director of the Disability Rights Unit until his appointment to the bench.  From 2003 until 2017, Judge Francis was an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham University School of Law.    He has served on the Legal Assistance, Federal Courts, Disability Rights, and Professional Responsibility Committees of the New York City Bar Association and the Federal Judiciary Committee of the New York State Bar Association.  Judge Francis lectures frequently on electronic discovery, employment litigation, constitutional torts, legal ethics, and pretrial practice.  


James D. Esseks is Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project. He oversees litigation, legislative lobbying, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education around the country that seeks to ensure equal treatment of LGBT people and people living with HIV. James is counsel in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC and Aimee Stephens, and Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, in which the United States Supreme Court is considering whether anti-LGBT discrimination is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII. 

Previously, James was counsel in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that won the freedom to marry nationwide; in United States v. Windsor, the challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act; in Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, about whether a Virginia school board can bar a boy from the common restrooms because he is transgender; in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, about whether a business open to the public can turn away LGBT customers based on its religious or artistic objections; and in successful challenges to bans on adoption and foster parenting by lesbians and gay men in Arkansas, Florida, and Missouri. James and the ACLU have also worked extensively to fight the recent spate of anti-LGBT and specifically anti-transgender bills in the states and to fight the use of religion as an excuse to harm LGBT people.

Prior to joining the ACLU in 2001, James was a partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, PC. He graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. James clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable James R. Browning, United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.


Janis Meyer is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP where she focuses her practice on professional responsibility, risk management and professional liability law, with particular emphasis on attorneys and law firms. Having served as the general counsel of a global firm, Ms. Meyer is familiar with a broad spectrum of professional liability, human resource, and other risk management issues arising in law firms. During her career, Ms. Meyer has also represented and advised clients in a variety of industries, including banking, financial products and insurance.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson in January 2015, Ms. Meyer was a partner and the General Counsel of Dewey & LeBoeuf and its predecessor, Dewey Ballantine. She was also a member of the two-person wind-down committee that oversaw Dewey & LeBoeuf's bankruptcy filing in 2012 and the subsequent wind-down of the firm.

Ms. Meyer is a Special Professor of Law at The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she teaches "The Nuts & Bolts of Lawyering" and Legal Ethics. Ms. Meyer clerked for the Honorable George C. Pratt in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professional Affiliations

  • Law360, Legal Ethics Editorial Advisory Board, 2016, 2017
  • New York City Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee (2014-present)
  • New York City Bar Association, Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers (1993-2011), Chair (2007-2011)

Ms. Meyer has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at bar association and industry conferences on issues of professional responsibility, law firm risk management, diversity, women in the law, and the role of law firm general counsel.


Jill L. Rosenberg, an employment partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York, is a nationally recognized employment litigator and counselor.  Ms. Rosenberg has significant experience defending and advising employers in discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, wrongful discharge, affirmative action, wage-and-hour and traditional labor matters.  She handles complex individual cases, as well as class actions and systemic government investigations.  She represents a broad range of companies, with a focus on employers in the securities industry, banks and financial institutions, accounting firms and law firms. 

Ms. Rosenberg also has particular expertise in the representation of nonprofit entities, including colleges, universities, hospitals, foundations and cultural institutions.  She frequently speaks on employment law issues for employer and bar association groups. 

Ms. Rosenberg has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading employment lawyer. Ms. Rosenberg is the firm-wide Partner in Charge of Pro Bono Programs and serves on the firm’s Personnel Development, Risk Management and Diversity Committees.  She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Diversity and Leadership Committee of the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of New York Legal Assistance Group, a legal services organization serving New Yorkers in need. 

Ms. Rosenberg graduated from Princeton University, and earned her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.


Kathleen M. McKenna is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department. With a formidable track record for success in major employment matters, she has extensive experience litigating employment disputes of all types, including defending employers against claims alleging all forms of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage and hour and breach of contract. Her clients include major multi-national businesses, such as television networks, pharmaceutical companies, international retailers and law firms.

Adept at counseling clients at every turn of the litigation process, Kathleen employs a creative mix of litigation experience and business acumen to determine which cases should be litigated in court, which should be resolved in some alternative forum and which can and should be settled. While she is regularly successful on her clients' behalf through negotiation and dispositive motions, she possesses significant jury trial experience, and is well-versed in all forms of alternate dispute resolution.

Kathleen is regularly called upon to support clients with strategies, counseling and training to help them avoid litigation and government investigations, and provides practical advice on all workplace-related issues to today's top employers. These topics include employee discharge and discipline, reductions in force, employment policies and procedures, and compliance with federal, state and local employment laws.

Kathleen also has significant experience dealing with traditional labor matters. She has litigated the full range of labor proceedings and has served as the chief spokesperson or advisor in numerous collective bargaining negotiations. She also has advised management on National Labor Relations Act issues, including union organizing campaigns and representation elections, strikes, picketing, plant closings and work transfers, and purchase and acquisition issues.

Kathleen is a member of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. She is also a sought after lecturer on labor and employment issues.

Related Practices

Employment Litigation & Arbitration

Class & Collective Actions

Labor-Management Relations

Terminations, Reductions in Force & WARN Act

Disability, Accommodations & Leave Management

Strategic Corporate Planning

Higher Education

Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., 1978

St. Peter's College, B.A., 1975
summa cum laude

Admissions & Qualifications

New York

New Jersey


Louis has practiced labor and employment law for more than 35 years and is managing member of the firm's New York City office.

Louis represents employers and management in all aspects of labor and employment law. His areas of experience include collective bargaining, workplace investigations, NLRB proceedings, labor audits, supervisory training, wage and hour issues, arbitration, jury trials in both state and federal courts, wage incentive plans, OFCCP audits and proceedings, employment litigation before the EEOC and the Human Rights Division and alternative dispute resolution techniques. Louis also serves several insurance companies as panel counsel (e.g., AIG and Chubb) with respect to employment litigation matters. From 2002-2004, he served as General Counsel and Secretary to Agway, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company.

Louis co-authored the FDCC Quarterly article entitled Employers' Settlement Agreements with Departing Employees Under Attack, Vol. 57, No. 3, Spring 2007. He also co-authored a complete guide for business managers and HR professionals written in plain English entitled, What Every Business Manager and HR Professional Should Know About ... Federal Labor and Employment Laws and a two volume treatise entitled Corporate Counseling (1988) and was a contributing author to Public Sector Labor Law (1988). Louis is also on the editorial board of the two volume treatise entitled New York Civil Practice Before Trial (2001). He has authored and co-authored numerous articles on various labor and employment law topics. Louis' published articles include: "Enforcing Employer-Employee Arbitration Agreements After Circuit City", 18 Fordham University Law Journal 27 (2001); "Forging a Strategy to Combat Sympathy Strikes", 29 Syracuse Law Review 847 (1978); "Mid Term Bargaining Over Unit Work Transfers", 45 CCH Labor Law Journal No. 7 (1994); "The Growing Menace: Violence in the Workplace", 67 New York State Bar Journal  1 (Jan. 1995); "Civility and Professionalism", 68 New York State Bar Journal No. 1 (Jan. 1996); "Workers' Compensation Discrimination in New York: Is It Really LoDolce Vita?", 32 New York State Bar Journal 220 (June 1982); "Employer Liability for Sexual Harassment After Ellerth and Faragher", 6 Duke University of Gender Law & Policy No. 1 (1999); two articles on Title IX and Intercollegiate Athletics, 6 Journal of College and University Law 61 (1980); "Screening Applicants for a Safer Workplace", HR Magazine, p. 55 (March 1995); "After-Acquired Evidence in Employment Discrimination Cases", 19 New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Newsletter No. 2 (1994); and "Employer's Responsibilities Under 1986 Immigration Act and COBRA", The CPA Journal p. 32 (May 1988). In May of 1996 Louis was interviewed extensively in a Forbes Magazine cover story on Sexual Harassment. In their January 2003 issue, the Corporate Legal Times described him as the "Great Negotiator". He was also featured in the United Educator's video entitled "Sexual Harassment in Academia, No Real Winners", and has been quoted in several publications including Business Week.

Louis has been a key speaker at numerous seminars throughout the United States and other countries on a wide variety of Labor and Employment Law topics. In addition, he has lectured to: various university groups, including the College and University Personnel Association; local, state and national SHRM Conferences; and a number of national and regional business association.


Mark E. Brossman is co-head of the Employment & Employee Benefits Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel. His areas of concentration include all aspects of ERISA, employment discrimination, labor relations, and related litigation. Mark is well known for his expertise in education law and representation of educational institutions including independent schools, colleges, universities, professional training programs and education-related associations, and has advised educational institutions since graduating from law school. Mark is a frequent public speaker and author. His practice also includes serving as counsel to many large multi-employer and single-employer employee benefit plans; health care institutions, including nursing homes and home care employers; and a wide variety of other clients in industries ranging from banks and financial institutions to textile and furniture to magazine publishing and transportation. He has served as an instructor in the Columbia University Teacher’s College and as a lecturer in the Cornell University ILR School’s Labor Relations Studies Program.

Mark is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers and was recognized by both Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon as one of the 100 most powerful employment attorneys in America and one of the top 10 in ERISA law. Mark received the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations’ prestigious Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award (for achievement in the field of industrial relations), the Emerald Isle Immigration Center’s Robert Briscoe Award, membership in the Academy of Employee Benefit Authors, and the Lawyers Alliance for New York’s Cornerstone Award (for outstanding pro bono service to New York nonprofit organizations), in addition to being the first recipient of LANY’s Pro Bono Leadership Award. He also is active in several not-for-profit organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of LiveOn NY, the Board of Directors of New York University School of Law’s Center for Labor & Employment Law, the Advisory Council of Cornell University ILR School, the Board of Trustees of Bard College and the Board of Trustees of Montefiore Health System Inc. Mark earned his B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1975, his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1978 and an LL.M. in Labor Law from the same institution in 1981.


Martin F. Scheinman obtained his B.A. degree from Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations with a B.S. in 1975 and a M.S.  in 1976.  He graduated from New York University Law School in 1979.             

Mr.  Scheinman has served as an ad hoc and contract arbitrator in private and public disputes and has arbitrated  over 10,000 disputes throughout the United States, including those involving discipline and discharge, seniority, job classifications, incentive rates, promotions, overtime, subcontracting, welfare and pensions funds, insurance and disability plans, fringe benefits and jurisdictional disputes.  He has also served as arbitrator in over 200 interest arbitration cases and has chaired a majority of those panels.

Mr. Scheinman has also arbitrated over 100 private claims of discrimination brought by individuals or class members alleging racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and sexual discrimination. 

Mr. Scheinman has mediated more than 750 employment cases, on an individual, collective and class basis in the banking and financial services industries, entertainment, sports, hospitality, including catering and restaurants, healthcare, construction, pharmaceutical, utilities and sales.   Such disputes involve FLSA and other wage statutory issues; including claims for gratuities, discrimination involving race, gender, age sexual orientation and whistleblower claims.

Mr. Scheinman has mediated over 2,500 Labor-Management public and private sector disputes, as well as over 50 commercial disputes involving class and collective actions, product liability claims, consumer protection statutes, dissolution of and valuation of partnerships,  and winding up of professional partnerships and corporations. 

He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, the American Bar Association, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association.   His panel memberships include AAA, FMCS, New York State PERB, and the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining.

Mr. Scheinman serves as a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association and as Neutral Member of the Executive Board of Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations.

Mr. Scheinman is the benefactor of the Martin and Laurie Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, ILR Cornell University and the benefactor of the Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution at ILR  Cornell and the Cornell Law School.

Since 1978 Mr. Scheinman has lectured at the Cornell ILR on arbitration, discipline and grievance handling.   Throughout his career, Mr. Scheinman has spoken extensively on various ADR topics.

Mr. Scheinman has received numerous honors including “Lifetime Appoint” as Presidential Councilor to Cornell University President; Judge William B. Groat Award, LERA, Robert MacGregor Award; Peggy Browning Fund Award; Sphinx Head Society, Cornell University.


Pearl Zuchlewski is a partner in Kraus & Zuchlewski LLP where she primarily represents individual employees.

She is a former Chair of the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) Labor and Employment Law Section and presently serves on the Section’s Executive Committee.  She also is a Section representative to the NYSBA House of Delegates.  In addition, Ms. Zuchlewski is a member of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Labor and Employment Law Section’s Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Association of the Bar in the City of New York (“ABCNY”). 

She has served on the FINRA task force which drafted the FINRA Code of Arbitration provisions for statutory discrimination claims and is former Chair of the FINR’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee.  Ms. Zuchlewski most recently served as Chair of a FINRA employment task force which reviewed and consolidated the former NASD and NYSE Codes of Arbitration Procedure.

Ms. Zuchlewski has been recognized for several years as among the Best Lawyers in New York and in Superlawyers.  She is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the College’s Board of Governors.  She also is a member of the advisory boards of the New York University Law School Center for Labor and Employment, the Hofstra Law School, CPR Employment Disputes Committee and the New York City Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association; her other professional activities include membership in the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association.

Ms. Zuchlewski is a frequent speaker on alternative dispute resolution, sexual harassment and other employment related issues at various organizations including the ABA, NYSBA, ABCNY, Practicing Law Institute and New York University Judicial Conferences.  Her articles have appeared in the New York Law Journal, various proceedings of the New York University’s Annual Conferences on Labor, ABA, NYSBA and other publications.


Tracy’s practice focuses on representing financial institutions and other corporations in complex civil litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings, corporate internal investigations, and labor and employment matters.

She has also represented clients before a wide variety of regulatory and prosecutorial agencies, both at the state
and federal levels, as well as congressional committees and independent examiners appointed by court order.

Tracy is co-chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee, co-chair of the Women’s Initiative Committee and a hiring partner. She also oversees the Firm’s active networks for minority associates: the Asian Associates Network, the Network of Black and Latino Lawyers and the LGBT Network. She is co-chairwoman of the YWCA-NYC, a vice-chairwoman of the Legal Aid Society, and a member of the board of directors of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, New York City Bar Justice Center and Partnership for After School Education. She is a member of the Association of Black Women Attorneys and Metropolitan Black Bar Association.


Debra L. Raskin graduated from Radcliffe College magna cum laude in 1973 and received her law degree from Yale in 1977.  She worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago from 1977 to 1981, serving in 1981 as Supervisor of Employment Litigation for that organization.  She served as law clerk to Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York from 1982 to 1984.  From 1984 to 1986, she served as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York in the Civil Rights Bureau.  She joined the Vladeck firm in 1986, and became a partner of the firm in October 1988.  From 2014 to 2016 Ms. Raskin served as the President of the New York City Bar Association.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has taught at Columbia and Fordham Law Schools and has lectured and written on employment law matters for the New York State Bar Association and the Practicing Law Institute, among other groups. 


Susan Ritz has practiced employment law since 1985.  She is a partner in the Manhattan law firm of Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP.  Ms. Ritz handles all forms of employment-related matters, including advising employees and partners regarding their rights, duties and entitlement to benefits; handling contract, severance agreement and partnership dispute negotiations; and representing employees and partners in negotiations, mediations, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and lawsuits encompassing a full panoply of employment-related issues, with special emphasis on claims of unlawful harassment, retaliation and employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected classes.  

Ms. Ritz provides neutral mediation services, and conducts impartial internal investigations on behalf of employers into alleged discriminatory conduct.  She also advises non-profits and small employers on employment-related issues, reviews and revises Staff Manuals for employers, and represents employers in contract and severance negotiations.  She offers harassment and discrimination prevention training to management and employees, as well.

Ms. Ritz is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (20+ years), Super Lawyers (12 years) and Law Dragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers. She is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and was selected for its 2011 Inaugural Edition of the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.  AVVO gives her a rating of 10 out of 10.  She is also a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the Litigation Counsel of America. Ms. Ritz has published articles and lectured widely, including for the National Employment Lawyers Association/NY, ALI-CLE, American Bar Association, Practising Law Institute, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and at CUNY School of Law.  She serves as a pro bono mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. 


Jonathan Sokotch is a Vice President, Associate General Counsel with Goldman, Sachs & Co. LLC. in New York. Jon is a member of the firm’s Employment Law Group, and his practice focuses on all areas of employment law, with an emphasis on counseling on a range of topics, including internal investigations, regulatory matters, performance evaluation and compensation processes, reductions in force, disability accommodations, wage and hour compliance, restrictive covenants and social media in the workplace. He also handles employment arbitrations and litigations. He is also a member of the firm’s Knowledge Share Committee, which provides Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programming for members of the firm’s Legal Department. Jon received his B.A. from Amherst College, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2014, Jon worked in the Employment Litigation Practice Group of Weil Gotshal & Manges. 


Denny Chin is a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He was sworn in on April 26, 2010.  Judge Chin graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and received his law degree from Fordham Law School.  After clerking for the Honorable Henry F. Werker, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, he was associated with the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.  He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, and thereafter he and two of his colleagues from the U.S. Attorney=s Office started a law firm, Campbell, Patrick & Chin.  In 1990, he joined Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., where he specialized in labor and employment law.  From September 13, 1994, through April 23, 2010, Judge Chin served as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  He presided over both civil and criminal cases, including cases involving Megan’s Law, the Million Youth March, Al Franken’s use of the phrase “Fair and Balanced” in the title of a book, the Naked Cowboy, the Google Books project, and the United Nations Oil for Food Program.  He also presided over the trial of an Afghan warlord charged with conspiring to import heroin and the guilty plea and sentencing of financier Bernard L. Madoff.  Judge Chin was born in Hong Kong.  He was the first Asian American appointed a United States District Judge outside the Ninth Circuit.


Elizabeth Grossman is Disability Rights New York’s Director of its Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) and Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) Programs.  Prior to joining Disability Rights New York, Elizabeth served as Regional Attorney for the New York District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she managed the litigation program.  Previously, she practiced plaintiff’s employment law at Schneyer & Shen, and worked as an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project and the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy.  Elizabeth is a certified volunteer community mediator in New York State.  Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Michigan.  Elizabeth received the Federal Executive Board Distinguished Government Service Award in 2002, was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” column in 2004, was named as one of 50 “Women to Watch” by the Wall Street Journal in 2005, received a Service to America Medal from the Partnership for Public Service in 2005, and was given the Distinguished Alumna Award by Cranbrook School in 2015.


Judge Pollak entered duty as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York on November 1, 1995. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1975 and received her J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1978, where she was Articles and Book Review Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Judge Pollak served as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Timbers on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Thereafter, from 1979 to 1986, she was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.

In August 1986, Judge Pollak became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she served as Chief of the Narcotics/OCDETF Unit from 1991 to 1994, and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division from 1994 to 1995. She also served as International Affairs and National Security Coordinator for the United States Attorney's Office. She remained at the United States Attorney's Office until her appointment as a Magistrate Judge in November 1995.

Judge Pollak is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where she has served as a member of the Federal Courts Committee, the Committee on Women in the Legal Profession, and the Criminal Law Committee. She is Chair of the Eastern District CJA Panel Committee and has also served as a member of the Eastern District Advisory Committee on Civil Practice and Rules. Judge Pollak has also served as a Master in the Inns of Court for the Federal Bar Council. She has also participated in Moot Court, mock trial and trial advocacy programs at Columbia, NYU, Cardozo, St. John’s, Brooklyn and New York Law Schools. She also supervises the Eastern District’s SOS Program involving youthful offenders.