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VERA M. Scanlon has served since 2012 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York as a magistrate judge, supervising pretrial practice in federal civil and criminal cases.

Scanlon began her legal career in private practice, then clerked for Judge Daniel R. Dominguez, District of Puerto Rico; Judge Frederic Block, Eastern District of New York; and the late Judge Robert A. Katzmann, Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

From 2001 to 2012, she was an associate then partner with Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, where her practice focused on civil rights and commercial litigation, including plaintiff-side federal constitutional and employment law.

Scanlon has taken a leadership role in civic education projects of the Second Circuit’s Justice for All: Courts and the Community initiative, including creating a project on visual arts and the judiciary with New York City public schools. In 2021, she was awarded a Community Champion Award by the Irish Echo for her civic education work.

Scanlon has served on New York City Bar Association committees and the boards of Catholic Migration Services, New York Civil Liberties Union, Federal Magistrate Judges Association, and Marymount School of New York. She is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School.

ScanlonfirstattendedschoolatSt.Clare’sConventNationalSchoolinDublin, continuing to St. Patrick’s School in Brooklyn which awarded her its first Distinguished Graduate Award in 2015. She was a student at the Marymount School of New York on a scholarship.

ScanlongraduatedfromColumbiaCollege, summacumlaude,PhiBetaKappa and received the Robert Lincoln Carey Award. After college, she served for a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Louisiana. She earned a JD from the Yale Law School.

During her law school summers, Scanlon interned in Dublin with the Free LegalAdviceCentres,theIrishCommissiononPrisonersOverseas,andaDublin law firm on an Orville H. Schell, Jr. Fellowship. She recently completed a first class honours diploma in Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Scanlon’s mother, Alice Keelty Scanlon, was raised in Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, and immigrated as a nurse to New York, where she married Dennis P. Scanlon, who served with the FDNY. Scanlon’s paternal grandparents Mary Fahey and Denis Scanlon immigrated to New York from Ballydavock, Co. Mayo, and Moyvane, Co. Kerry.





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