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Judge Timothy M. Reif

Timothy M. Reif is a judge on the United States Court of International Trade.  The U.S. Court of International Trade, established under article III of the Constitution, has nationwide jurisdiction over civil actions arising out of the international trade laws of the United States.

From 2017 to 2019, Judge Reif served as Senior Advisor to the United States Trade Representative.  From 2009 to 2017, he was the General Counsel for the Office of the United States Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President.  From 1998 to 2009, Judge Reif served as Chief International Trade Counsel for the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Prior to this appointment, Judge Reif worked as Special International Trade Counsel at Dewey Ballantine, LLP.  From 1993 to 1995, Judge Reif served as Trade Counsel to the Ways and Means Committee.  From 1989 to 1993, Judge Reif served as Associate General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.  Judge Reif also litigated or supervised the litigation of numerous disputes under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).  From 1987 to 1989, Judge Reif served as Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. International Trade Commission.  From 1985 to 1987, he served as an associate with the Washington office of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

Since 2015, Judge Reif has been Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and has also served as Visiting Lecturer at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (2017, 2012, 2008, 2004) and at Georgetown Law School (1995-2007).

Mr. Reif received his JD from Columbia Law School and his MPA and AB degrees from Princeton University.  He is married to Desiree Green and they are the parents of Paul, Anna, Sarah and Clare.  They live with their two Airedales, Winston and Clementine.

Staff Information

Case Manager: Cynthia Love (212) 264-2923

Current Law Clerks:

Bridget A. Brennan, Chapman Law School, J.D. 2016
Noah L. Schwartz, Columbia Law School, J.D. 2019
Kanzanira Thorington, Georgetown Law School, LL.M, 2018, University of Edinburgh, LL.B, 2017

Hiring Policies:

Law Clerks:    Law Clerks are hired for a two-year clerkship commencing in late summer or early fall.  Please refer to Judge Reif’s profile on the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) for current hiring policies and needs.

Applications submitted through OSCAR are preferred, although applications may also be sent via e-mail to with subject line “Clerkship Application.”  U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required. Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Interns:           Internships are available for second- and third-year law students during the fall and spring semesters on a part-time (at least 15 hours per week) or full-time basis, and during the summer on a full-time basis. Interns will work closely with Judge Reif and his law clerks on assigned cases. Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, law school transcript, writing sample, and a list of the names of three references to with subject line “Internship Application.” Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Deadlines are as follows: November 15 for spring applicants, February 1 for summer applicants, and August 1 for fall applicants. Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified. Please note that all internships are unpaid positions.

In light of COVID-19, it is not necessary for Spring or Summer 2021 interns to work at the CIT courthouse in New York. Applications will be considered from students working remotely.

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