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Rosemary S. Pooler received a B.A. degree from Brooklyn College in 1959, a M.A. degree in History from the University of Connecticut in 1961, and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. Following law school, she worked in private practice from 1966 to 1972, when she became director of the Consumer Affairs Unit of the Syracuse City Corporation Counsel. She was elected a Syracuse City common councilor in 1974. Beginning in 1976, she served as chair and executive director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board, which included being the statutory intervenor in rate cases pending before the Public Service Commission. In 1978, she received a graduate certificate in Regulatory Economics from the State University of Albany. Judge Pooler was appointed to a “consumer” seat as a commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission. She also served as a visiting professor of law at Syracuse Universi- ty College of Law and as the vice president of Legal Affairs for Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc.


In 1991, Pooler became the first woman elected to the New York State Supreme Court for the Fifth Judicial District. Four years later, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Dis- trict Court for the Northern District of New York, becoming the first woman to serve on that bench. President Clinton elevated Judge Pooler to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she assumed duty on June 19, 1998.


Judge Pooler was honored with the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York Doris S. Hoffman Medal in 2012; the Onondaga County Bar Association William C. Ruger Award in 2009; and the National Council of Jewish Women’s Hanna G. Solomon Award in 1998. She is a member of the Onondaga County and New York State Bar Associations, the Women’s Bar Associations of the State of New York and Central New York, and is an honorary member of the Board of Advisors for the Syracuse University College of Law. Judge Pooler is married to retired Syracuse University Professor William Pooler. They have two grown children.