Deirdre von Dornum is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Eastern District of New York. From 2002 to 2013, she served as a trial attorney in the Southern and Eastern District offices and as the Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the Eastern District office. During that time, she also served as an Adjunct Professor at N.Y.U. School of Law, where she taught the Federal Defender Clinic. From 2013 to 2015, Ms. von Dornum was the Assistant Dean for Public Service at N.Y.U. School of Law, where she taught a seminar on Government and Ethics.
Ms. von Dornum holds a B.A. in Classics from U.C.L.A., a M.A. in Classics from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she served as an editor of the Columbia Law Review and was awarded a medal for excellence in Trial Practice. She clerked for the Honorable Anita B. Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Federal Defenders in 2002, Ms. von Dornum was an associate at the law firm WilmerHale and engaged in pro bono death penalty litigation with the Capital Defenders of New York.