Atlas F. Nancy (SHS 1967)


Today Nancy F. Atlas is listed among the highest-rated federal trial judges in her division. After Scarsdale High School, where she thrived academically, Atlas earned a B.S. degree from Tufts University and a J.D. degree from New York University School of law.

After her graduate school years, Atlas worked as a commercial litigator in New York City and then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
Houston, Texas beckoned and Atlas went to work in a 70- lawyer firm often calling for
mediation of commercial disputes.

On April 4, 1995, President William Jefferson Clinton nominated Nancy Friedman Atlas to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She developed a reputation as “A Great Judge. Very Smart. Easy to deal with. Always strives to be fair.” She must have been a good model, since she was frequently asked to assist in training new judges. In 2005, she was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to a committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

As of this writing, there is some chance of a Democratic President. There is also a strong possibility of two or three vacancies on the Supreme Court. Justice Atlas sounds just right.