Judge Robinson was appointed by President Bush as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on September 24, 2003. He was the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 1998 – 2001 as position to which he was appointed by President Clinton. Judge Robinson is a graduate of Cornell Law School (J.D. 1984) and Cornell University (B.A. in Government).
After graduation from law school Stephen joined Alexander & Green, a corporate law firm in New York City. In 1987, he began the first of four stints of government service when he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York where he prosecuted narcotics cases and securities fraud violations. In 1990, Stephen was awarded the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Service. In 1991, he joined Kroll Associates, an international private investigations firm, as Associate General Counsel and later became a Managing Director. In 1993, Judge Louis Freeh, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, asked Stephen to join the FBI as the Principal Deputy General Counsel. In 1995, Stephen left the FBI to join Aetna Inc., in Connecticut, as Counsel and later as Chief Compliance Officer at Aetna U.S. Healthcare. At Aetna Stephen was the recipient of the 1997 Chairman’s Award for his contributions to the company.
Stephen is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, including the ABA annual conferences in London, England; Toronto, Canada; and New York City; the Federal Bar Council annual conference, and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers annual meeting. He also frequently speaks at law schools and colleges as well as various charitable organizations. He currently serves on the Cornell University Council and on the Cornell Law School Advisory Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fordham Law School Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. He formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Cornell Law School Alumni Association. In 2002 Stephen served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Yale Law School teaching a course on white collar and terrorism prosecutions. He has also taught trial practice at Yale and New York Law Schools.