Pierre N. Leval

Hon. Pierre N. Leval
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
Web site: http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/

Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Published Works Affiliations
Lawyer Profile:

Pierre Leval is a United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At the time of his appointment in 1993, he was a United States District Court Judge in the Southern District of New York.

Judge Leval received his B.A. degree from Harvard College in 1959 and his J.D. degree magna cum laude in 1963 from the Harvard Law School, where he served as Note Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Judge Leval served in the U.S. Army in 1959. He was a law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1963 until 1964. Judge Leval was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1964 until 1968, serving there as Chief Appellate Attorney from 1967 to 1968. From 1969 until 1975, Judge Leval was in private law practice as an associate and then a partner in the New York firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He joined the New York County District Attorney's Office in 1975, where he served first as First Assistant District Attorney, and subsequently as Chief Assistant District Attorney. In 1977, he was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Judge Leval is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the New York University School of Law. He was awarded the Hillmon Memorial Fellowship by the University of Wisconsin in 1988; the Donald R. Brace Memorial Lectureship by the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. in 1989; the Fowler Harper Memorial Fellowship by Yale Law School in 1992; the Melville Nimmer Lectureship by UCLA Law School in 1997; the Learned Hand Medal of the Federal Bar Council in 1997; and the University of Connecticut School of Law's Intellectual Property Keynote Lectureship for 2001. He assumed Senior Judge status in 2002.

Judge Leval is a native of New York.

Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge, since 2002

Appointed 1993
Bar Admissions:
New York, 1964
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1964
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1966
Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1963
Honors: magna cum laude
Law Review: Harvard Law Review, Note Editor, 1962 - 1963

Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1959
Honors: cum laude
Major: Art History

Published Works:
Transcript, Panel Presentation on Pretrial Problems on the Criminal Side (Co-Author), 101 F.R.D. 201, 1984

The No Money, No Fault Libel Suit: Keeping Sullivan in its Proper Place, 101 Harvard Law Review 1287 (1988), reprinted in Reforming Libel Law (Editors: John Soloski & Randall P. Bezanson, Guilford Press 1992), and in 1990 First Amendment Law Handbook (Editors: J. Swanson & C. Castle, Clark Boardman 1990)

Toward a Fair Use Standard, 103 Harvard Law Review 1105, 1990

Fair Use or Foul?, 36 Journal of Copyright Society 167, 1989

Are Copyrights for Authors or Their Children? (Co-Author: Lewis Liman), 39 Journal of Copyright Society 1

Strangers on a Train, 91 Michigan Law Review 2201 (reviewing Anthony Lewis, Make No Law (1991) ), 1993

The Continuing Battle Between the Courts and the Press, in The Cambridge Lectures 1989 (Montreal: Yvon Blais 1990) (lecture at conference of Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Cambridge, England)

From the Bench: Westmoreland v. CBS, 12 Litigation 7 (procedural innovations for complex litigation), Fall, 1985

Henry J. Friendly: In Memory of a Great Man, 52 Brooklyn Law Review 571, 1986

Judge Henry J. Friendly - A Clerk's Fond Recollection, New York Law Journal, March 18, 1986

The Sullivan Rule on its 25th Anniversary, Journal of New York State Bar Association (lecture, New York State Bar Association, March 1989), October, 1989

The Press and the Law, remarks published in Yale Law Report, Spring, 1987

Discovery of Experts Under the Federal Rules, Litigation, Fall, 1976

Federal Criminal Practice: The Appeal, Practicing Law Institute, 1968

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law

Lecturer, Harvard University Law School, Yale Law School, Cornell Law School and Wisconsin Law School

Seminar Panelist, American Bar Association, Practicing Law Institute, and various other bar associations

Honors and Awards:
Fowler Harper Fellowship, Yale Law School, 1992

Donald R. Brace Memorial Lecture, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 1989

Hillmon Memorial Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 1988

Melville Nimmer Lectureship by UCLA Law School, 1977

Learned Hand Medal of the Federal Bar Council, 1997

University of Connecticut School of Law's Intellectual Property Keynote Lectureship, 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Law Institute
Council Member

American Law Institute
Advisor, Complex Litigation Project

Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Service, Various Committees

New York County Lawyers Association

Harvard Law School Association of New York City, Inc., 1986 - 1987
Vice President

Harvard Law School Association of New York City, Inc., 1989 - 1990

Past Employment Positions:
Southern District of New York, United States District Judge, 1977 - 1993

Office of District Attorney, New York County, First Assistant and Chief Assistant, 1975 - 1977

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Partner, 1973 - 1975

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Associate, 1969 - 1973

Southern District of New York, Chief Appellate Attorney, 1967 - 1968

Southern District of New York, Assistant United States Attorney, 1964 - 1967

Hon. Henry J. Friendly, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Law Clerk, 1963 - 1964

NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc., Legal Intern, Legal Research and Drafting of Briefs, 1961

U.S. Army, 1959

Birth Information:
1936, New York, New York, United States of America

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