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Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum

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Name  Miriam Cedarbaum

Role  Judge
Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum Miriam Cedarbaum US Judge Dies at 86 Sentenced Martha Stewart

Education  Columbia Law School, Barnard College

Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum (September 16, 1929 – February 5, 2016) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.



Born into a Jewish family, Cedarbaum grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Cedarbaum received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Barnard College in 1950, and then her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Columbia Law School in 1953.

Professional career

She began her career as a law clerk for Judge Edward Jordan Dimock of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1953 to 1954. She served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1954 to 1957. She served as an attorney of the Court of Claims Section of the Office of the Deputy United States Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. from 1958 to 1959. She then served as a part-time legal consultant for New York City from 1959 to 1962. She served as first assistant counsel of the New York State Moreland Commission on the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law from 1963 to 1964. She was associate counsel of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City from 1965 to 1979. She was Acting Village Justice of the Village of Scarsdale, New York from 1978 to 1982 and then was Village Justice of the same municipality from 1982 to 1986. She was in private practice with the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City from 1979 to 1986.

Federal judicial service

Cedarbaum was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on February 3, 1986, to a seat vacated by Judge Charles E. Stewart Jr. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 3, 1986, and received her commission on March 4, 1986. Cedarbaum assumed senior status on March 31, 1998, serving in that status until her death.

Notable case

Cedarbaum oversaw the case against the would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. She also presided over the Martha Stewart case.


Cedarbaum was married on August 25, 1957 to the late Bernard Cedarbaum, long-time partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn, and has two children, Daniel, a lawyer and leader of Reconstructionist Judaism in Chicago, and Jonathan, a lawyer in D.C. who clerked for the now-retired Associate Justice David Souter of the Supreme Court.


Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum Wikipedia