The Honorable Reena Raggi
United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
Judge Raggi was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit on Oct. 4, 2002, and entered on duty on Oct. 7, 2002. For the previous 15 years, she had served as a United States district judge for the Eastern District of New York.
Judge Raggi graduated from Wellesley College in 1973, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. cum laude in 1976 from Harvard Law School, after which she served as law clerk to Thomas E. Fairchild, then chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. From 1977 to 1979, she was an associate at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel. Judge Raggi served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1979 to 1986, where she headed the office’s narcotics and special prosecutions sections. In 1986, by order of the Eastern District Board of Judges, she served as interim United States Attorney. From 1986 until her appointment to the Eastern District bench, Raggi was a partner at Windels, Marx, Davies & Ives.
In 2007, the Federal Bar Council for the 2nd Circuit honored Judge Raggi with its Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence. Judge Raggi presently serves as the chair of the United States Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure.