83rd Curia Society Annual Dinner

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
New York, NY
The Honorable Allison J. Nathan, AB `94, JD `00; The Honorable Anne M. Patterson, JD `83; The Honorable Loretta A. Preska
Open To:
Law School Alumni Affairs

The Cornell Law School Alumni Association cordially invites you to the 83rd Curia Society Annual Dinner

“Curia’s Evening with the Judges”

Join us for an evening of robust networking and lively conversation as our esteemed panel candidly share their perspectives on everything from what surprises them in court, to their opinions on the profession of judging, to their thoughts on the extent federal and state judiciaries should be working more closely together. Bring your questions for the judges and expect to leave the dinner more enlightened.

The Honorable Alison J. Nathan, AB ’94, JD ’00 District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and

The Honorable Anne M. Patterson, JD ’83 Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court

The Honorable Loretta A. Preska Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
6:00 PM Reception / 7:00 PM Dinner

Harmonie Club
4 East 60th Street,
New York, NY

Cost: $100 per person/$50 young alumni (classes 2003-2013) or public service
Non-Cornell graduate guest cost is $100

Please register online or by calling the Alumni Affairs office at 607.255.5251 by Wednesday, November 6th.

See Who's Coming

Meet Our Panel


  The Honorable Alison J. Nathan, AB ’94, JD ’00 Judge Alison J. Nathan was nominated by President Barack Obama on March 31, 2011, to a seat vacated by Sidney H. Stein., Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. She was confirmed by the Senate on October 13, 2011, and received commission on October 17, 2011.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Nathan served in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York as Special Counsel to the Solicitor General, a position she had held since 2010. From 2009 to 2010, Nathan served as a Special Assistant to President Obama and an Associate White House Counsel.

Prior to joining government service, Judge Nathan spent a number of years as an academic, first as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Fordham University Law School from 2006 to 2008 and later as a Fritz Alexander Fellow at New York University School of Law from 2008 to 2009.

From 2002 to 2006, Judge Nathan was an associate in the New York and Washington, D.C. offices of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Judge Nathan served as a law clerk for the Honorable John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States from 2001 to 2002 and as a law clerk to the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2000 to 2001.

Judge Nathan received her J.D., magna cum laude, in 2000 from Cornell Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Law Review. She received her B.A. in 1994 from Cornell University.

  The Honorable Anne M. Patterson, JD ’83
Following her nomination by Governor Chris Christie and confirmation by the Senate, Justice Anne M. Patterson was sworn in as an associate justice by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner September 1, 2011.

In 1980, Justice Patterson graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is a 1983 graduate of Cornell Law School, where she won the Cuccia Cup moot court competition. She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1983.

In 1983, Justice Patterson joined the law firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP as an associate. In 1989, Justice Patterson left Riker Danzig to serve as a deputy attorney general and special assistant to New Jersey Attorney General Peter N. Perretti, Jr., handling civil litigation and criminal appeals on behalf of the state. After rejoining Riker Danzig, Justice Patterson became a partner in the firm in 1992. Her practice focused on product liability, intellectual property and commercial litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Justice Patterson served as Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Product Liability and Toxic Tort Section, as an officer and trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, and as a trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. From 1991 to 2006, Justice Patterson served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character. Justice Patterson was awarded the William A. Dreier Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Product Liability and Toxic Tort Law and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism's Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. She was elected to the New Jersey Fellows of the America Bar Foundation in 2011.

  The Honorable Loretta A. Preska
Judge Preska was appointed United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on August 12, 1992 and entered duty on September 18, 1992. From June 1, 2009 to the present, she serves as Chief Judge of that Court. Judge Preska received a B.A. from the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York in 1970, a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1973, and an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University Law School in 1978.

Following graduation from Fordham, Judge Preska was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and an associate and, beginning in January 1983, a partner at Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason until her induction as a United States District Judge in September 1992. Judge Preska was nominated to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in September 2008. She received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Public Service Alumni Award from Fordham University School of Law in 1992 and served several terms as a Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Fordham Law Alumni Association. The Fordham Law Alumni Association awarded her its Medal of Achievement in 1998. She received a Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, in 1998, the Edward J. Weinfeld Award from the New York County Lawyers Association Federal Courts Committee for Excellence in the Administration of Justice in 2001, the Charles Carroll Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild in 2004, the Stanley H. Fuld Award for outstanding contributions to the development of commercial law and jurisprudence in New York State from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association in 2009, the President's Special Award from the New York Women's Bar Association in 2011, and the Barbara Jordan Outstanding Public Service Award from Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International in 2012. She has lectured at Securities Industry Association Legal & Compliance Division, the International Bar Association, and numerous other venues, and was a contributing author to Federal Civil Practice published by the New York State Bar Association in 1989.

Judge Preska is a member of the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, and the New York State Bar Association. She has served as a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States, as chair of the Benchbook Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center, and currently serves on the New York Federal-State Judicial Council. Judge Preska has also served on the Advisory Board of the New York Chapter of the Federalist Society and, from 2001-2009, on the New York Regional Panel for the Selection of White House Fellows and is a former Trustee of Fordham University.