Judge Alison J. Nathan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to Deliver Villanova Law’s 2024 Commencement Address

Hon. Alison Nathan Portrait 2021

Villanova, Pa. – Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, announced that Judge Alison J. Nathan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2024. She will also receive the Villanova Law Medallion Award in recognition of her achievements at this year’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18.

Judge Alison J. Nathan was sworn in as a United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit in March 2022. Previously, she served ten years as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. While on the district court, she served as chair of the SDNY Security Committee and served on the SDNY Grievance Committee.

Prior to taking the district court bench, Judge Nathan worked in state government as special counsel to the solicitor general of New York from 2010 to 2011. From 2009 to 2010, she served in the federal government in the White House Counsel's Office as an associate White House counsel and special assistant to the president.

Judge Nathan also worked in legal academia. From 2006 to 2008, she was a visiting assistant professor of law at Fordham University Law School, where she taught civil procedure. She was a Fritz Alexander Fellow at New York University School of Law from 2008 to 2009. She continues to teach as an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law and Cornell Law School.

Previously, Judge Nathan was in private practice. From 2002 to 2006, she was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP in Washington, DC and New York. She was a member of the firm's appellate and Supreme Court litigation practice.

Judge Nathan served as a law clerk for United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens from 2001 to 2002 and for Judge Betty B. Fletcher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2000 to 2001.

Judge Nathan received her JD, magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2000 and her BA from Cornell University in 1994.


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