FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2012
SCHUMER RECOMMENDS ASSISTANT US ATTORNEY KATHERINE POLK FAILLA TO SERVE ON U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is recommending Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Polk Failla to President Obama to serve as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Schumer laid out several reasons for recommending Failla, including her legal expertise, varied experience in both the private sector and for the US Attorney’s office, and her commitment to public service. Schumer explained that she would make a fantastic judge and was proud to recommend her to President Obama to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of New York.
“Katherine Polk Failla will make a fantastic judge on the Southern District Court,” said Schumer. “With her stellar legal credentials, and many years of experience both in private practice and currently for the US Attorney’s for the Southern District, she is amply qualified for the position and I’m very pleased to recommend her to President Obama.”
Failla, 42, graduated from Harvard Law School where she served as Co-Editor in Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. She also was a member of the Harvard Women’s Law Association. Upon graduating, Failla clerked for the Hon. Joseph E. Irenas of the U.S. District court, in New Jersey.
After her clerkship, Fialla went to work for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where she served as an associate attorney in the litigation Section. Her responsibilities included conducting oral arguments in New York state and federal courts, and her practice focused on the numerous legal areas including securities regulation and litigation, bankruptcy, and intellectual property.
In 2000, Failla began working at the US Attorney’s office. Over the last decade, she has been promoted from Assistant US Attorney, to Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney, to Chief Appellate Attorney, where she now serves as chief legal advisor to the Office. She currently provides guidance to other prosecutors on legal issues, grand jury and trial practice, and policy matters, and manages a docket of 150-200 criminals appeals.