Miami Law Alumna Confirmed by Senate to Federal Bench


Robin S. Rosenbaum, a Miami Law alumna and adjunct faculty member, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday as a federal judge for the Southern District of Florida. The vote was 92 to 3.

Rosenbaum, who graduated from the law school in 1991 and has served as a U.S. magistrate judge in the district since 2007, was nominated to the post by President Obama in November.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) voiced strong support of the nominee. "Our state has a great tradition of bipartisan support for our federal judicial nominees going back a couple of decades and, of course, through this judicial nominating commission she has come forth with their stamp of approval," Sen. Nelson was quoted as saying in The Hill newspaper. "The two senators from Florida agree and I am happy to recommend her to the Senate," he added, joining his approval to that of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who graduated from Miami Law in 1996.

"Throughout their careers, these nominees have displayed unwavering commitment to justice and integrity," President Obama said last year of Rosenbaum and two other nominees. "Their records of service to the public and the legal profession are distinguished and impressive, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the United States District Court bench. I am honored to nominate them."

From 1998 until her appointment to the bench, Rosenbaum was an assistant U.S. Attorney, serving as chief of the economic crimes section in Fort Lauderdale beginning in 2002. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's office, Rosenbaum clerked for Judge Stanley Marcus on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 1998. She worked as a litigation associate at Holland & Knight from 1996 to 1997, and served as staff counsel at the Office of the Independent Counsel in Washington D.C. from 1995 to 1996.

She began her legal career as a trial attorney at the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1991 to 1995. She graduated magna cum laude in 1991 from Miami Law and received her undergraduate degree in 1988 from Cornell University.

In addition to her duties on the bench, Rosenbaum serves as an adjunct professor at Miami Law, where she teaches Writing Weapons in the Litigator's Arsenal.

"This is a wonderful appointment!" said Dean Patricia D. White. "Judge Rosenbaum is smart, scrupulously fair, extremely knowledgeable, generous, energetic, and a terrifically nice person. She will be a terrific addition to the District Court."