Robert M. Dow, Jr. has served as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois since December 2007. Effective December 5, 2022, he has assumed new duties as Counselor to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. In this capacity, he serves as the Supreme Court’s chief operating officer and assists the Chief Justice in his administrative responsibilities as head of the federal judiciary. These include the Chief Justice’s roles as Chair of the Judicial Conference of the United States, Chair of the board of the Federal Judicial Center, and Chancellor of the Smithsonian Institution.
From 2013 to 2022, Judge Dow served on the Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He chaired the committee’s Rule 23 and MDL Subcommittees and served as Chair of the full committee from 2020 to 2022. Judge Dow was a member of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules from 2010 to 2013. He has sat by designation on the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits and is a member of the American Law Institute. He teaches complex litigation as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Law School.
Steven’s media notice plans have been referred to by judges as “exquisite” and “highly successful” and span a wide range of class actions that include product defect, false advertising, employment, antitrust, tobacco, banking, firearm, insurance, and bankruptcy cases.
Prior to his judicial service, Dow was a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, where he was a member of the Firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court and Telecommunications practice groups. Judge Dow received a B.A. (1987) in History and Political Science summa cum laude from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned M. Phil. (1990) and D. Phil. (1997) degrees in International Relations from the University of Oxford, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a J.D. (1993) cum laude from Harvard Law School. Immediately after law school, he clerked for Judge Joel M. Flaum of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
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