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Naomi Buchwald
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #15
Station:   New York, NY
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   9/22/1999-3/21/2012
Senior:   3/21/2012-Present
Preceded by:   Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum
Succeeded by:   Analisa Torres
Past post:   Southern District of New York, Magistrate Judge
Past chief:   1994-1999
Past term:   1980-1999
Personal History
Born:   1944
Hometown:   Kingston, NY
Undergraduate:   Brandeis University, 1965
Law School:   Columbia Law, 1968

Naomi Buchwald is a federal judge serving on senior status for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She joined the court in 1999 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to serving as an Article III judge, Buchwald served as a magistrate judge for the Southern District of New York between 1980 and 1999, serving as chief magistrate for 1994 to 1999. Buchwald assumed senior status on March 21, 2012.[1]


Buchwald graduated from Brandeis with her bachelor's degree in 1965 and with her law degree from Columbia Law in 1968.[1]

Professional career

Buchwald became a private practice attorney in New York City from 1968 to 1973 before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1973 to 1980.

Judicial career

Article III judgeship

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Monyihan, Batts was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 12, 1999, to a seat vacated by Judge Richard Owen as Owen assumed senior status. Buchwald was confirmed by the Senate on September 13, 1999, on a majority voice vote and received commission on September 22, 1999.[2] She assumed senior status on March 21, 2012.

Magistrate judgeship

Buchwald began her judicial career with the Southern District of New York as a federal magistrate judge. Buchwald was first appointed to a full eight-year term in 1980 and was later re-appointed in 1988 and 1996 before being elevated to an Article III judgeship in 1999.[1]

Notable cases

New York assemblyman corruption case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (United States v. Anthony Seminerio, US Si 08 CR 1238)

Judge Buchwald was the presiding judge in the case of former New York Assembly member Anthony Seminerio. Seminerio was convicted in federal court for rigging $1 million of payments towards individuals and contractors doing business with state government. On February 4, 2010, Judge Buchwald sentenced the former New York Assembly member to six years in prison.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum
Southern District of New York
Succeeded by:
Analisa Torres