Seybert Takes Senior Status, Creating New Vacancy

, New York Law Journal

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Eastern District Judge Joanna Seybert (See Profile) assumed senior status Monday, opening up a vacancy in the district.

The 67-year-old judge said she intends to keep working in the Eastern District, where she sits in Central Islip. But she said she would also like to do work on "international rule of law programs including ending domestic violence."

"I truly have enjoyed my 20 years on the federal bench and consider myself fortunate to serve with the judges in the Eastern District of New York and across the country," she said in an email. "It has been an honor to serve and I look forward to many more years of service."

Seybert was confirmed in 1993 and sworn in in January 1994. She is among 13 senior judges in the Eastern District.

She currently has a caseload of about 500 civil cases and 70 criminal cases and will carry a full caseload until her position is filled. At that point, she said, she would determine whether to "decline certain types of cases or generally reduce my caseload."

Seybert initially joined the bench as a Nassau County District Court Judge, where she served from 1987 to 1991. She was a Nassau County Court Judge from 1992-93 before joining the federal bench.

The new Eastern District vacancy is one of only two among federal judges in New York. A vacancy was created in the Northern District when Judge Norman Mordue took senior status.

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