Obama Nominates Nathan for SDNY Judgeship
By Stephanie Woodrow | March 31, 2011 6:05 pm

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Alison J. Nathan to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In February, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced he was recommending Nathan to the bench.

Alison J. Nathan

Since 2010, Nathan has worked in the New York attorney general’s office as as special counsel to the solicitor general. Previously, she served as a special assistant to Obama and an associate White House counsel. She also served as a senior adviser to the Obama campaign’s voter protection effort and was on its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advisory committee.

From 2006 to 2008, she was a visiting assistant professor of law at Fordham University Law School and later was a Fritz Alexander Fellow at New York University School of Law from 2008 to 2009.

Before entering careers in government service and academia, Nathan was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP from 2002 to 2006 in the firm’s New York and D.C. offices.

Nathan has clerked for John Paul Stevens from 2001 to 2002 and Betty B. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2000 to 2001.

She earned her law degree from Cornell Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Cornell Law Review. Nathan received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Nathan and her partner, law professor Meg Satterthwaite, have twin toddler sons, Nathan Robert Satterthwaite and Oliver Nathan Satterthwaite. The family met with Obama at the White House.

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