Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum

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Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
March 31, 1998 – February 5, 2016
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
March 4, 1986 – March 31, 1998
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Charles E. Stewart Jr.
Succeeded by Naomi Reice Buchwald
Personal details
Born Miriam Goldman
(1929-09-16)September 16, 1929
Crown Heights, New York
Died February 5, 2016(2016-02-05) (aged 86)
Manhattan, New York
Residence Manhattan, New York
Education Barnard College (B.A.)
Columbia Law School (LL.B.)

Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum (September 16, 1929 – February 5, 2016) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Born into a Jewish family, Cedarbaum grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.[1] She graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Cedarbaum received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Barnard College in 1950, and then her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Columbia Law School in 1953.[2]

Professional career

She began her career as a law clerk for Judge Edward Jordan Dimock of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1953 to 1954. She served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1954 to 1957. She served as an attorney of the Court of Claims Section of the Office of the Deputy United States Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. from 1958 to 1959. She then served as a part-time legal consultant for New York City from 1959 to 1962. She served as first assistant counsel of the New York State Moreland Commission on the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law from 1963 to 1964. She was associate counsel of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City from 1965 to 1979. She was Acting Village Justice of the Village of Scarsdale, New York from 1978 to 1982 and then was Village Justice of the same municipality from 1982 to 1986. She was in private practice with the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City from 1979 to 1986.[2]

Federal judicial service

Cedarbaum was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on February 3, 1986, to a seat vacated by Judge Charles E. Stewart Jr. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 3, 1986, and received her commission on March 4, 1986. Cedarbaum assumed senior status on March 31, 1998, serving in that status until her death.[3][2]

Notable case

Cedarbaum oversaw the case against the would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.[4] She also presided over the Martha Stewart case.[5]


Cedarbaum was married on August 25, 1957[6] to the late Bernard Cedarbaum, long-time partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn,[7] and has two children, Daniel, a lawyer and leader of Reconstructionist Judaism in Chicago,[8] and Jonathan, a lawyer in D.C. who clerked for the now-retired Associate Justice David Souter of the Supreme Court.[9]


  2. ^ a b c "Cedarbaum, Miriam Goldman - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  3. ^ Fried, Joseph P. (6 February 2016). "Miriam Cedarbaum, U.S. Judge, Dies at 86; Sentenced Martha Stewart" – via NYTimes.com. 
  4. ^ "Shahzad Gets Life Term for Times Square Bombing Attempt". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  5. ^ Fried, Joseph P. (2016-02-06). "Miriam Cedarbaum, U.S. Judge, Dies at 86; Sentenced Martha Stewart". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  6. ^ Bradford Bachrach (1957-08-26). "MIRIAM COLDMAN IS MARRIED HERE - Assistant U.S. Attorney Bride of Bernard Cedarbaum, Aide of Justice Department - Article - NYTimes.com" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  7. ^ "Paid Notice - Deaths CEDARBAUM, BERNARD". The New York Times. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130617140016/http://archive.jewishrecon.org/welcome-dan-cedarbaum. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Jonathan G. Cedarbaum. WilmerHale. Retrieved on 2013-10-23.


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  • Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles E. Stewart Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Succeeded by
Naomi Reice Buchwald
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