Judge Alison J. Nathan was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in October 2011.
Immediately prior to taking the bench, Judge Nathan served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office as Special Counsel to the Solicitor General. Before that, in 2009 and 2010, she served as Special Assistant to President Obama, and Associate White House Counsel.
Before entering public service, Judge Nathan was a Fritz Alexander Fellow at the New York University School of Law and a visiting professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, where she taught civil procedure and the law of habeas corpus.
Prior to entering academia, Judge Nathan was in private litigation practice from 2002 until 2006 at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale). In the beginning of her legal career, she served as a law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Betty Binns Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Nathan graduated magna cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2000.