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Mary Kay Vyskocil (born 1958) is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and is a nominee to be a United States District Judge for the same court.

Mary Kay Vyskocil
Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
Assumed office
April 7, 2016
Personal details
Born1958 (age 60–61)
New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationDominican College, (BA)
St. John's University School of Law, (JD)

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EducationEdit

Vyskocil earned her undergraduate degree from the Dominican College in Rockland County, New York, where she was the class valedictorian and student government president, and her Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law, where she served on the Moot Court Executive Board.[1]

Legal careerEdit

Prior to her appointment to the bench, she practiced general commercial litigation for almost thirty-three years at the New York City-based law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. She was a member of the Federalist Society from 1998–2005.[2][1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Bankruptcy court serviceEdit

Vyskocil was selected to become a Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in 2016. She was sworn in as a United States bankruptcy judge on April 7, 2016, and continues to serve on that court.[3]

Nomination to district courtEdit

In August 2017, Vyskocil was one of several candidates pitched to New York senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand by the White House as judicial candidates for vacancies on the federal courts in New York.[4] On May 10, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Vyskocil to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. On May 15, 2018, her nomination was sent to the Senate. She was nominated to the seat that was vacated by Judge Loretta A. Preska, who assumed senior status on March 1, 2017. On August 1, 2018, a hearing on her nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[5] On September 13, 2018, her nomination was reported out of committee by a 21–0 vote.[6]

On January 3, 2019, her nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate.[7] On April 8, 2019, President Trump announced the renomination of Vyskocil to the district court.[8] On May 21, 2019, her nomination was sent to the Senate.[9] On June 20, 2019, her nomination was reported out of committee by a 21–1 vote.[10] Her nomination is currently pending before the full United States Senate.

Awards and recognitionEdit

Vyskocil has been ranked as one of the "Top Ten Women Litigators in the United States" by Benchmark Litigation. In 2016, she received a "Top Women in Law Award" from the New York Law Journal. She has been recognized as a litigation leader by Chambers, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal and America's Leading Business Lawyers, and Law360.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "President Donald J. Trump Announces Fourteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Thirteenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees, and Eighth Wave of United States Marshal Nominees" White House, May 10, 2018   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Mary Kay Vyskocil
  3. ^ "Vyskocil Sworn in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge, Southern District of New York". abladvisor.com. April 11, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Tillman, Zoe (August 7, 2017). "The White House Has Pitched A Nominee For Manhattan's Powerful US Attorney Opening". BuzzFeed. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  5. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for August 1, 2018
  6. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – September 13, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee
  7. ^ "Trump Drops Obama Picks, N.Y., Calif. Names From Judges List". Bloomberg Law. January 23, 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  8. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominations", White House, April 8, 2019
  9. ^ "Twelve Nominations Sent to the Senate", The White House, May 21, 2019
  10. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – June 20, 2019, Senate Judiciary Committee

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