Hon. James L. Cott

Adjunct Professor of Law

Email: james_cott@nysd.uscourts.gov


  • Civil Rights Litigation Drafting, Fordham University School of Law, 1996-2010; 2013-2014; 2015-present
  • Faculty, Practising Law Institute, 2013-present
  • Government Litigation Clinic, New York University School of Law, 1997-2000
  • First-Year Legal Writing, Fordham University School of Law, 1989-1994
  • Faculty, New York City Bar Association, 1996-2000
  • Faculty, Attorney's General's Advocacy Institute - Civil Rights Seminars, 1994-1999


  • Magistrate Judge, U.S. Court, SDNY, 2010-present
  • Chief, U.S. Attorney's Office, Civil Division, SDNY, 2003-2010
  • Associate Director of Litigation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 2001-2003
  • Deputy Chief, U.S. Attorney's Office, SDNY, 1996-2000
  • Chief, U.S. Attorney's Office, Civil Rights Unit, SDNY, 1991-1996
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, SDNY, 1987-1991
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Vincent L. Broderick, U.S. Court, SDNY, 1985-1987


  • Northeastern School of Law, JD 1985
  • Harvard College, BA 1981 cum laude



  • Inn of Court, Federal Bar Council, 2003-2012
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1992-2004
    (Committee on Federal Courts, 2001-2004; Committee on Judicial & Professional Ethics, 1998-2000; Committee on Professional Responsibility, 1992-1995)
  • Mediator, U.S. District Court, SDNY, 1998-2010

Mailing Address

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023