AGE-BIRTHDATE-LOCATION: 55; June 25, 1954; New York, N.Y.

EXPERIENCE: Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1998-present; judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1992-98; private practice, New York City, 1984-92; assistant district attorney, New York County, 1979-84.

EDUCATION: B.A., Princeton University, 1976; J.D., Yale Law School, 1979.

FAMILY: Divorced; no children.

QUOTE: "I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it."