Deirdre von Dornum


(718) 330-1210

Deirdre von Dornum is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Federal Defenders for the Eastern District of New York. Deirdre 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. Deirdre has taught the Federal Defender Clinic and a seminar on Government and Ethics at N.Y.U. School of Law, and also served N.Y.U. for two years as the Assistant Dean for Public Service.