Robert D. Sack
 

Hon. Robert D. Sack
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Address: 500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 857-8500
(212) 857-8585
(212) 857-8702
(212) 857-8662
Fax: (212) 857-8710
E-mail:
Web site: http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/

Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Published Works Affiliations
Lawyer Profile:

Robert D. Sack has, since August 6, 1998, been a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with his chambers at 40 Foley Square. He took senior status on August 6, 2009. During his 33 years in practice, he specialized in national and international press law. He was a frequent lecturer and writer on press law topics and is the author of Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (3d ed. 1999) and coauthor of Advertising and Commercial Speech: A First Amendment Guide (1999). Most recently, his article, Protection of Opinion Under the First Amendment: Reflections on Alfred Hill, "Defamation and Privacy Under the First Amendment," was published in the 100th Anniversary issue of the Columbia Law Review. On May 1, 2008, Judge Sack was awarded the Federal Bar Council's Learned Hand Medal for excellence in federal jurisprudence.

Judge Sack was an officer and director of the William F. Kerby and Robert S. Potter Fund, which assists in funding the legal defense of journalists abroad, and a member of the advisory boards of the Bureau of National Affairs' Media Law Reporter and the ABA Forum Committee's Communications Lawyer. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia Law School, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University Seminars on Media and Society, and was Chairman of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. He is also a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Judicature Society. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

After graduating from the University of Rochester in 1960 and Columbia Law School in 1963, Judge Sack clerked for United States District Judge Arthur S. Lane, in the District of New Jersey. He later became an associate and partner at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler (1964-1986) and a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (1986-1998), both in New York City. In 1974, he served as a Senior Associate Special Counsel to the United States House of Representatives Impeachment Inquiry Staff.

Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge, since August 6, 2009

Appointed 1998
Bar Admissions:
New York, 1963
District of Columbia, 1968
Education:
Columbia Law School, New York, New York, 1963
LL.B.

University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1960
Bachelor of Arts

Published Works:
Libel, Slander, and Related Problems, Practising Law Institute, 1980

Libel, Slander, and Related Problems, Second Edition, Practising Law Institute, 1994

Libel, Slander, and Related Problems, Practising Law Institute, Michie CD-ROM Ed., 1995

Factual Misstatements (Co-Author), in Stuckey, Internet and Online Law Journal Seminars Press, 1996

Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (3d ed.), Practicing Law Institute, 1999

Advertising and Commercial Speech: A First Amendment Guide (Co-Author), Practicing Law Institute, 1999

Protection of Opinion Under the First Amendment: Reflections on Alfred Hill, "Defamation and Privacy Under the First Amendment," 100th Anniversary Issue, Columbia Law Review, January, 2000

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School

Honors and Awards:
Federal Bar Council's Learned Hand Medal for excellence in Federal Jurisprudence, May 1, 2008 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1986 - 1989
Chairman, Communications Law Committee

American Bar Association Forum Committee's Communications Lawyer, 1982 - 1988
Member

Columbia Law School
Member, Board of Visitors

Bureau of National Affairs' Media Law Reporter
Member

Board of Trustees of Columbia University Seminars on Media and Society
Member

National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Chair

American Judicature Society
Member

American Bar Foundation
Fellow

Board of Visitors of the Columbia Law School
Member

American Bar Association
Member

Past Employment Positions:
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge, August 6, 1998 - August 6, 2009

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Partner, 1986 - 1998

United States House of Representatives Impeachment Inquiry Staff, Senior Associate Special Counsel, 1974 - Present

Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, Associate and Partner, 1964 - 1986

United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Hon. Arthur S. Lane, Law Clerk, 1963 - 1964

Birth Information:
1939

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