President Barack Obama has nominated Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Analisa Torres (See Profile) and former Eastern District prosecutor Valerie Caproni, the deputy general counsel at Northrup Grumman, for slots on the Southern District bench.
Torres, a 1984 graduate of Columbia Law School who sits in the Criminal Term, was first tapped for the bench in 2000. After two years at Criminal Court, she served in Civil Court from 2003 to 2004. She was named an acting Supreme Court justice in the Bronx in 2004 and moved to Manhattan Supreme in 2010. She was elected to the Supreme Court Nov. 6.
Caproni, a 1979 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, served eight years as general counsel of the FBI before moving to her current position as vice president and deputy general counsel at Northrop Grumman. She was an associate at Cravath, Swain & Moore in 1985 when she left to become an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, working for four years in the Criminal Division. She left for a three-year stint as general counsel with the New York State Urban Development Corporation and returned to the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1992, where she was rose to chief of the Criminal Division. In 1998, Caproni moved to the Securities and Exchange Commission to become regional director of the Pacific Regional Office. She returned to New York in 2001 to work on white-collar defense and SEC enforcement actions at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. She joined the FBI in 2003, and moved to Northrup Grumman in 2011.