Bios of the Judges at the March 7 Hearing
The experts with whom I've consulted agree that we have drawn a distinguished -- one might even say blue-ribbon -- panel.
RALPH K. WINTER
He was appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit on
Judge Winter was a full-time member of the Yale Law School Faculty from 1962 until entering judicial service. At the time of his appointment, he was the William K. Townsend Professor of Law. He was also a Consultant to the Subcommittee of Separation of Powers, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate from 1968 to 1972, a Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institute,
He served from 1987 to 1992 as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He served as Chair of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence from 1992 to 1996. From
Judge Winter has received the Connecticut Law Review Award, Honorary Doctors of Law from Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School, the Federal Bar Council's Learned Hand Award for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence, and the Yale Law School's Association's Award of Merit.
At the time of his appointment to the Court in 1989, he was a United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York.
Judge Walker received his B.A. degree from
Judge Walker served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1963 until 1967. From 1966 until 1968, he was State Counsel to the
Judge Walker has served as Special Counsel to the U.S. Administrative Conference (1987-1992), president of the Federal Judges' Association (1993-1995), and member of the Budget Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States (1991-1999). He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School since 2000; an Adjunct Professor at NYU Law School since 1996, and Director and on the faculty of NYU Law School's Institute of Judicial Administration and Appellate Judges Seminar since 1992. Judge Walker has also been a Director of the U.S. Association of Constitutional Law since 1997. Judge Walker is married with a daughter and three stepsons.
CHESTER J. STRAUB
At the time of his appointment in 1998, he was a partner in the
Judge Straub received his B.A. degree from St. Peter’s College in 1958, and his LL.B. degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1961.
Judge Straub served as a First Lieutenant in U.S. Army Intelligence and Security from 1961 to 1963. In 1963, he began the private practice of law with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he became a partner in 1971, and where he remained until his appointment as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1998. Judge Straub’s private practice was concentrated in litigation, regulatory agencies and governmental affairs. During this period he also served as a New York State Assemblyman from 1967 until 1972 and as a New York State Senator from 1973 until 1975. He also served as a mediator/neutral evaluator in the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of
Judge Straub was Chair of Gov. Mario Cuomo’s New York Statewide Judicial Screening Committee from 1988 until 1994 and of the First Department Screening Committee from 1983 until 1994. He was a member of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Judicial Selection Committee from 1976 until 1998.
Judge Straub serves as a member of the Lenox Hill Hospital Board of Trustees, the Cardinal’s Committee of the Laity for Catholic Charities of New York, and the Kosciusko Foundation.
Judge Straub is a native of Brooklyn.