Late last week, President Bush signed the appointment papers for the Northern District’s newest judge, the Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr.  Judge Dow was sworn-in last Friday by Chief Judge Holderman and is sitting in the Northern District’s Eastern Division.  Here is some biographical information about Judge Dow from the Northern District’s announcement of his appointment (click here for the announcement):

From 1993 to 1994, Judge Dow served as Law Clerk to The Honorable Joel M. Flaum of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Since 1995, Judge Dow has been employed at Mayer Brown, LLP, where he specialized in general and appellate litigation, with particular emphasis on telecommunications, state and federal constitutional law, jurisdiction, civil procedure, preemption, mass tort and products liability, admissibility of expert testimony, and class actions. Judge Dow has been acclaimed as a “superb” lawyer in the field of communications and technology law, as recognized by Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers. In his spare time, Judge Dow serves as Secretary for the Committee of Selection for the Rhodes Scholarships, State of Illinois, and on the Development and Academic Committees of Joliet Catholic Academy. Judge Dow was himself named a Rhodes Scholar in 1990. 

Judge Dow has had a distinguished academic career, with degrees from Yale University (B.A., 1987), University of Oxford (M. Phil. in International Relations, 1990; D. Phil. in International Relations, 1997), and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1993). While at Harvard Law School, in addition to graduating with honors, Judge Dow served as supervising editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation, a member of the Editorial Board for the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard College.

Welcome to the Northern District Judge Dow. Judge Dow’s investiture ceremony is scheduled for Friday, January 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm.