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The Honorable Jed Rakoff To Discuss A Broken Legal System

By Irena Choi Stern, Board member, Friends of the Bronxville Library

Sept. 15, 2021: The Honorable Jed Rakoff, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, will discuss his book  “Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free, and Other Paradoxes of Our Broken Legal System” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Feb. 16, 2021) with Sarah Normand, assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Yeager Room of the Bronxville Public Library.


The Honorable Jed Rakoff

Judge Rakoff, a leading authority on white-collar crime, will discuss why innocent people plead guilty, why high-level executives aren’t prosecuted, why you won’t get your day in court, and why the judiciary is curtailing its own constitutionally mandated power. “An elegant broadside . . . The precision with which Rakoff presents his arguments belies his outrage at a system that has gone wrong at multiple turns,” wrote Michael O’Donnell in The New York Times Book Review.

“The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL) is thrilled to have the Hon. Jed Rakoff speak to our community and looks forward to his conversation with Sarah Normand, a past president of the Library Trustees and a longtime supporter of this beloved institution,” said Lauren Toal, incoming president of the FOBPL.

Sarah Normand

Judge Rakoff has served since March 1996 as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He is an adjunct professor at both Columbia Law School and NYU Law School, and also teaches at Berkeley Law School and the University of Virginia Law School. He has written over 1800 judicial opinions and co-authored five books. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Oxford University and Harvard Law School, he clerked for Hon. Abraham L. Freedman, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3d Circuit. From 1973-80, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, the last two years as Chief of Business Fraud Prosecutions. From 1980-95, he was a litigation partner at two large law firms in New York. In 2014, Judge Rakoff was listed by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.  Sarah Normand joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in 1999 and is currently  Deputy Chief of the SDNY’s Civil Division. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Normand clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked as an associate in the environmental group at Dewey Ballantine. Normand is a graduate of Georgetown University and its Law School.

To register for this author talk, please click here. * While current plans are for an in-person event, this author talk will be remote should COVID-19 protocols prevent such an occurrence.

The book is available for sale by Womrath Bookshop.

Photos courtesy Friends of the Bronxville Library

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Bronxville Public Library
Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)

Concordia Conservatory
Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss
Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

171 White Plains Rd
Bronxville, NY

Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville
Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

99B Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

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Objects and Images Fine Arts

117 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College
The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College
Part of Concordia College New York, the OSilas Gallery integrates the visual arts into the cultural and educational life of our campus and community by providing quality exhibitions and programs that are diverse in style, content, and media. Our programs are memorable, thought-provoking, and spiritually enriching; and of artistic originality, integrity, and excellence.
Womrath Bookstore
Womrath Bookstore
Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.

76 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY
(914) 337-0199

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