Jack Weinstein Retires After 53 Years as Judge – Profiled by NYT

At age 98, Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has announced his retirement after serving for over 50 years on the bench.

In an interview with The New York Times, Judge Weinstein looks back over a lifetime-spanning career in the legal field and his plans for post-retirement, which include working toward a master’s degree in history alongside his son.

In the piece, Judge Weinstein shares his thoughts on sentencing reform, the role of media in the legal process, and the kind of legacy he hopes to leave behind.

Nominated to the bench by former President Lyndon B. Johnson, Judge Weinstein served as of counsel for the NAACP in Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 case that shot down the “separate but equal” segregation doctrine for public schools. He served as chief judge of the Eastern District of New York from 1980 to 1988.

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