Gillibrand gets her first judge: Ronnie Abrams, daughter of Floyd and sister of Dan
The Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Ronnie Abrams as a district court judge for New York, the first court confirmation for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who called Abrams "a superbly qualified female jurist."
Abrams was a prosecutor in the Southern District, where she will now sit on the bench, before serving as special counsel for pro bono initiatives at the firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.
She's also comes from legal royalty. Her father is Floyd Abrams, the famous First Amendment lawyer, and her brother is the occasional legal commentator and founder of Mediaite, Dan Abrams.
As a young child, her father tested his oral arguments on her, according to a 2006 profile of the family in the New York Observer:
There was a time, when Ronnie was around 11, when I used to use her in particular as a sounding board for oral arguments,” said Mr. Abrams père. “I found that she had about the same level of patience as most judges. She would say, ‘What are your cases about?’ She’d listen for a minute or two. She’d ask, ‘What do you say? And what do they say?’ Then she would rule.
Ronnie, it appears, declined to be quoted for the piece.
Gillibrand made the case for Abrams, and for more women on the federal bench, in her remarks on the Senate floor: