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Book Discussion with Judge Rakoff on Zoom
Thursday, October 21 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | add to Google Calendar
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The Honorable Jed Rakoff, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, will discuss his book “Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free, and Other Paradoxes of Our Broken Legal System” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Feb. 16, 2021) with Sarah Normand, assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Judge Rakoff, a leading authority on white-collar crime, will discuss why innocent people plead guilty, why high-level executives aren’t prosecuted, why you won’t get your day in court, and why the judiciary is curtailing its own constitutionally mandated power. “An elegant broadside . . . The precision with which Rakoff presents his arguments belies his outrage at a system that has gone wrong at multiple turns,” wrote Michael O’Donnell in The New York Times Book Review.
“The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL) is thrilled to have the Hon. Jed Rakoff speak to our community and looks forward to his conversation with Sarah Normand, a past president of the Library Trustees and a longtime supporter of this beloved institution,” said Lauren Toal, incoming president of the FOBPL.
Judge Rakoff has served since March 1996 as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He is an adjunct professor at both Columbia Law School and NYU Law School, and also teaches at Berkeley Law School and the University of Virginia Law School. He has written over 1800 judicial opinions and co-authored five books. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Oxford University and Harvard Law School, he clerked for Hon. Abraham L. Freedman, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3d Circuit. From 1973-80, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, the last two years as Chief of Business Fraud Prosecutions. From 1980-95, he was a litigation partner at two large law firms in New York. In 2014, Judge Rakoff was listed by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. Sarah Normand joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in 1999 and is currently Deputy Chief of the SDNY’s Civil Division. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Normand clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked as an associate in the environmental group at Dewey Ballantine. Normand is a graduate of Georgetown University and its Law School.