Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.)

Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.)

Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.) is a graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School where she was an editor on The Yale Law Journal. She received her M.A. in Political Science at Yale University. She has been an instructor at Yale Law School, teaching sentencing and comparative sentencing institutions, since 1998. She was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Clinton. Judge Gertner has received numerous awards, including the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association (2008), the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award (2010), the Massachusetts Bar Association's Hennessey award for judicial excellence (2011), an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brandeis University (2011), the Arabella Babb Mansfield award from the National Association of Women Lawyers (2012), the Leila J. Robinson Award of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (2012), and the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement from the American Bar Association Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (2014). Her autobiography, In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate, was published in 2011. Her book, The Law of Juries, co-authored with attorney Judith Mizner, was published in 1997 and updated in 2010. She has published articles, and chapters on sentencing, discrimination, and forensic evidence, women's rights, and the jury system. In September of 2011, Judge Gertner retired from the federal bench and to join the faculty of the Harvard Law School.