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Michael Mukasey (born July 28, 1941)

 Michael Mukasey

Michael Bernard Mukasey was born July 28, 1941 in the Bronx, New York.

Father, Albert Mukasey, was born near Baranovichy in the Russian Empire (modern-day Belarus) and emigrated to the US sometime before 1928 when he was naturalized as US citizen. He died in September 1972.

Mother, Mae Fischer Mukasey, died in February 1975.

He has a sister Rhoda Eckstein, who married to Norbert Eckstein.

Michael B. Mukasey married Susan Bernstock Saroff in July 1974. They have two children, Marc (adopted from Susan's first marriage) and Jessica.

Susan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bernstock. Her marriage with Mr. Saroff had ended in divorce.

Marc Saroff Mukasey married Nancy Eve Rothenberg in March 1994.

EDUCATION — LL.B., 1967, Yale Law School; A.B., 1963, Columbia College, Columbia University.

EXPERIENCE — Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler law firm, 2006-present; judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (including six years as chief judge), 1988-2006; attorney, Patterson Belknap (eventually becoming partner), 1976-88; assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division of the Southern District, 1972-76. [2]

Mukasey grew up poor in the South Bronx. While he was attending a small Jewish school there, his mother arranged for him to take a test and he got accepted at the the prestigious Ramaz school, a private Orthodox Jewish school on the much fancier Upper East Side of Manhattan, according to a close friend of the judge. Mukasey graduated from Ramaz in 1959 and went on to Columbia College and Yale Law School. Mukasey’s wife, Susan, was a teacher and headmistress of the lower school at Ramaz, and both of their children attended the school.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, principal of Ramaz since 1967, remembers Judge Mukasey from the days he was his counselor at sleepaway camp. Lookstein also organized a father-and-son morning service, breakfast and basketball group on Sunday mornings. Mukasey would come from the Bronx with other guys from his class. “He was better at praying than he was at basketball,” says the rabbi. [4]


[1] Wikipedia article about Michael Mukasey

[2] Short Biography

[3] New York Times archives 

[4] Mukasey Pedigree

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This article talks about possible relatives of Michael in Brest, Belorussia. That Mukasey family had a relative who left Russia during the WWI. I doubt it is the same person as Michael's father. He would have to be in his fifties or even sixties by 1941.
The Wikipedia article talks about Albert Mukasey leaving for US during WWII[1]. It is more likely time vise, but must have been much more difficult to execute. Actuall, he supposedly was naturalized in 1928, so WWII doesn't sound right.



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