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Justice Roslynn Mauskopf takes over as chief judge of the EDNY

February 1, 2020 Rob Abruzzese
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U.S. District Court Judge Roslynn Mauskopf officially took over as chief judge of the Eastern District of New York this week when she replaced Hon. Dora Irizarry, who assumed senior status after nearly four years as the court’s top judge.

Chief Judge Mauskopf, a Brandeis University and Georgetown University Law Center graduate, has served as a judge in the Eastern District since October 2007, after she was nominated by President George W. Bush on the recommendation of then-Gov. George Pataki.

The chief judge has a background as a prosecutor, starting when she became an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan DA’s Office in 1982. She became the state’s inspector general in 1995 and eventually became the U.S. attorney for the EDNY in 2002.

Chief Judge Mauskopf once told a newspaper that she became a judge because her parents, both Holocaust survivors, had been imprisoned in Nazi Germany despite the lack of a trial, any jury or a judge.

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Judge Irizarry took over for Hon. Carol Bagley Amon as the chief judge in April 2016. She became a federal court judge, the first Hispanic judge in the district, in 2003 after she was nominated by President George W. Bush.

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