A Giant Departs the Federal Bench: Reflections on the Retirement of the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein | Jeffrey Morris | Verdict

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Jeffrey B. Morris is a Professor of Law at Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg School of Law, and the author of Leadership on the Federal Bench: The Craft and Activism of Jack Weinstein (Oxford University Press 2011).


The news was, broadly speaking, inevitable. It nonetheless arrived with a jolt: One of America's most distinguished jurists, Jack B. Weinstein, recently announced his retirement after 52 years as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Still mentally at the top of his game, Weinstein, 98 years old, finally has found it too great a burden physically to continue on the bench.

In a career as practitioner, professor, and judge, Weinstein has been a central figure in the fields of civil procedure, evidence, and New York State civil practice. He was the principal author of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules almost 60 years ago and then co-authored the principal treatise on the CPLR with Harold Korn and Arthur R. Miller. He played a major role in the creation of the Federal Rules of Evidence, also following that with a major treatise co-authored with Professor Margaret Berger. Before he came to the bench and during his judicial career, Weinstein wrote several hundred articles in a wide variety of legal fields and served on dozens of committees and boards. As a judge, he produced thousands of opinions.


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