U.S. Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of New York since 1995. Previously: General Counsel, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; Senior Staff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union; Director, Mental Health Law Project, New York Civil Liberties Union. B.A. Harvard College; J.D. New York University School of Law. Consultant in Mediation for the Federal Judicial Center, 2004 - present. Judicial Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs in the Eastern District of New York. Co-author: The Rights of People with Mental Disabilities (Southern Illinois University Press, 1996); Researcher and co-author: Hidden Suffering: Romania=s Segregation and Abuse of Infants and Children with Disabilities, Mental Disability Rights International, 2006. Conducted numerous factfinding investigations in Eastern Europe and Northern Ireland for Human Rights Watch and has written reports on such issues as ethnic violence and discrimination, conditions of pretrial detention, and freedom of the press and broadcast media. Lecturer on civil and criminal forfeiture for the Department of Justice at training conferences for judges and prosecutors in Panama (2004) and Thailand (2002). Adjunct professor of law, New York University School of Law and Brooklyn Law School.