Taryn A. Merkl
Lecturer in Law
Taryn has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York since 2002. She currently serves as the Chief of Civil Rights for the Criminal Division (March 2013-present), and has also served as the Chief of Organized Crime & Gangs (Fall 2010-March 2013), as a Deputy Chief in the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section (Fall 2008-Fall 2010), and as an Acting Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section. She was also assigned to the Business & Securities Fraud Section from 2006 to 2008, to the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section from 2003 to 2006 and General Crimes from 2002 to 2003.
Taryn is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches the Federal Prosecution Externship, which she started in 2008. Previously, she served as an adjunct professor of White Collar Crime at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law from 2006 to 2008.
Prior to becoming an AUSA, Taryn served as a law clerk to Judge Jan E. DuBois of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2000-2001) and Chief Judge John M. Walker, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2001-2002).
She earned her B.A. in political science in 1996 from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. in 2000 from Columbia Law School, where she won the Young B. Smith Prize for excellence in Torts, was the Editor in Chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, 5th edition. She also served as a submissions editor of the Journal of Transnational Law and was a director of the Student Legal Action Network in 1998–99. Her publications include The Federalization of Criminal Law and Double Jeopardy, 31 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 175 (1999) and Chapter 6, An Introduction to Legal Documents, in A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual (5th ed. 2000).