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Stephen Craig Robinson (born 1957) is a former United States District Judge who served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2003 to 2010.[1]

Stephen Craig Robinson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
September 22, 2003 – August 11, 2010
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJohn S. Martin Jr.
Succeeded byEdgardo Ramos
United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut
In office
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byChristopher F. Droney
Succeeded byKevin J. O'Connor
Personal details
Stephen Craig Robinson

1957 (age 61–62)
Brooklyn, New York
EducationCornell University (B.A.)
Cornell Law School (J.D.)

Early life and educationEdit

Robinson was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in a housing project in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford–Stuyvesant.[2] Robinson graduated from John Dewey High School in 1975,[3] and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1979 and a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 1984.[1]


Robinson was in private practice in New York City from 1984 to 1987 before becoming an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York in 1987. In 1991, he was managing director & associate general counsel for Kroll Associates before moving to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1993 where he was principal deputy general counsel & special assistant to the director. In 1995, he became counsel & chief compliance officer for Aetna U.S. Healthcare in Middletown, Connecticut. Appointed United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut in 1998, he served until 2001 after which he was interim manager of Empower New Haven.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Robinson was nominated by President George W. Bush on March 5, 2003, to a seat vacated by John S. Martin Jr. on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 17, 2003, and received commission on September 22, 2003. Robinson, a Democrat, had been recommended to the post by New York Senator Charles Schumer.[4]

On June 25, 2010, the American Lawyer reported that Robinson would be leaving the bench and joining the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as a partner in Skadden's litigation department.[5] He resigned from the bench on August 11, 2010.[1]

Notable decisionsEdit

In May, 2009, Robinson sentenced disgraced former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to four years in federal prison on eight felonies, including lying to the White House and filing false taxes.

In 2009, Robinson ruled that voting practices in Port Chester, New York violated the Voting Rights Act and applied a controversial remedy allowing cumulative voting.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Robinson, Stephen C." Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Cornell Law School Alumnus Talks About Being a Judge in Contemporary Black America". Cornell University Law School: Spotlight. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
  3. ^ ""50 Avenue X" (John Dewey High School 1975 Yearbook)" (PDF). The Document Archive of John Dewey High School. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  4. ^ Kenny, Claire (March 24, 2003). "Former prof gets nod for judgeship". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
  5. ^ "The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200".
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Jim. Associated Press. Residents get six votes each in suburban NY election. Access Date June 2010 [1].