The Captain Of The Mother Court: Judge Loretta Preska

By Gavin Broady (February 18, 2014, 9:34 PM EST) -- New York Southern District Chief Judge Loretta Preska sits at the helm of the oldest federal court in the country, an institution home to a revolving door of headline-grabbing court battles and so steeped in American judicial history it is often referred to as the Mother Court.

Having inherited the chief judge mantle in 2009, Judge Preska's tenure has lately been defined by her ongoing fight against a post-downturn funding shortfall she says threatens to hobble the federal judicial system.

That fight came to a head six months ago, when she rallied a coalition of 85 fellow chief judges in sounding...

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