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Alison Nathan

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Early life and educationEdit

Born in Philadelphia, Nathan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 from Cornell University and then earned a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2000.[1] At Cornell, she was a member of the Quill and Dagger society and editor-in-chief of the Cornell Law Review.[2]

Professional careerEdit

President Barack Obama greets departing Associate Counsel to the President Alison J. "Ali" Nathan, left, Meg Satterthwaite, and their twin sons Oliver and Nathan, in the Outer Oval Office, July 7, 2010.

From 2000 until 2001, Nathan served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judge Betty Binns Fletcher. From 2001 until 2002, Nathan served as a law clerk for Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court.[1] From 2002 until 2006, Nathan served as an associate in the New York and Washington, D.C. offices of the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.[1] From 2006 until 2008, Nathan served as a visiting associate professor of law at Fordham University School of Law. From 2008 until 2009, Nathan served as a fellow at New York University School of Law.[1] From 2009 until 2010, Nathan served as a special assistant to President Barack Obama and also as Associate White House Counsel.[1] Since 2010 until her appointment as a United States District Judge, Nathan worked in the office of the Attorney General of New York as a special counsel to the state's Solicitor General.[1][2]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On March 31, 2011, President Obama nominated Nathan to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to replace Judge Sidney H. Stein, who took senior status in 2010.[1][3] The United States Senate confirmed Nathan in a 48–44 vote on October 13, 2011.[4] She received her judicial commission on October 17, 2011.[2]

Notable caseEdit

In 2014, Nathan banned Aereo from streaming live TV to devices.[5]


Nathan and her partner, New York University School of Law Associate Professor of Clinical Law, Margaret (Meg) Satterthwaite, are parents to twin sons.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (March 31, 2011). "President Obama Names Alison J. Nathan as Nominee for the United States District Court". Archived from the original on 18 April 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Nathan, Alison Julie – Federal Judicial Center".
  3. ^ The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (March 31, 2011). "Nominations Sent to the Senate, 3/31/11". Archived from the original on 18 April 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
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  5. ^ "Aereo Injunction Memo – Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act – Copyright Law Of The United States". Scribd.
  6. ^ Geidner, Chris (March 31, 2011). "Alison Nathan, Former Obama White House Associate Counsel, Nominated for Federal Court". Metro Weekly. Archived from the original on 2011-04-16. Retrieved April 30, 2011.

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