Judge Profile

Robert D. Sack

Judicial Experience:

  • U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Other Professional Experience:

  • Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 1986 to 1998
  • Law clerk for Judge Arthur Lane, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1963 to 1964
  • Associate and later as a partner, Patterson, Belknap & Webb, 1964
  • Associate Special Counsel and Senior Associate Special Counsel, House Judiciary Committee's impeachment, 1974

Biographical Data:

  • Native of Philadelphia


  • LL.B., Columbia Law School, 1963
  • B.A., University of Rochester, 1960


  • Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems, 3rd edition, 1999
  • Co-author of Advertising and Commercial Speech: A First Amendment Guide, 1999
  • Protection of Opinion Under the First Amendment: Reflection on Alfred Hill, "Defamation and Privacy Under the First Amendment,", 100th Anniversary issue of the Columbia Law Review

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Director of the William F. Kerby and Robert S. Potter Fund, Funding the legal defense of journalists abroad
  • Member, Advisory boards of the Bureau of National Affairs' Media Law Reporter and the American Bar Association Forum Committee's Communications Lawyer.
  • Member, Board of Visitors of the Columbia Law School
  • Member, Board of Trustees of Columbia University Seminars on Media and Society.
  • Chair, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
  • Lecturer, Law at Columbia Law School
  • Member, American Bar Association,New York City Bar Association and the American Judicature Society
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence, Federal Bar Council, May 1, 2008