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).
Judge Reif received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his M.P.A. and A.B. degrees from Princeton University.
Note to Counsel: Motions for extensions of time for any deadline, whether the motion is consented to or otherwise, will be denied (barring extenuating circumstances) if the motion requesting that extension is filed later than two business days before the deadline. If a party’s deadline is Friday, then he or she must file the motion requesting an extension of time no later than Wednesday of that same week.
Case Manager: Lewis Hugh (212) 264-2923
Current Law Clerks:
Carolina Bayo, Law Clerk, New York University Law School, LLM, 2022; University of Navarra, LLB, 2005
Sibilla Grenon, Senior Law Clerk, Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 2021
Alex O’Connor, Law Clerk, University of Minnesota Law School, JD, 2023
Law Clerks: Judge Reif has completed hiring for a two-year clerkship beginning in August 2023. Please refer to Judge Reif’s profile on the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”) for hiring policies and needs. Please note that Judge Reif follows the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan and will not begin reviewing applications submitted by rising third-year law students until June 12, 2023. Applications should be submitted via OSCAR; please do not submit paper applications to chambers. 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 TMR_Applicants@cit.uscourts.gov with subject line “Internship Application.” Please do not submit paper applications to chambers. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Deadlines are as follows: November 15 for spring applicants, February 15 for summer applicants, and August 18 for fall applicants. Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified. Please note that all internships are unpaid positions and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.
David Cameron Hicks Scholars Program: Internship applicants who are interested in U.S.–China economic relations are invited to indicate in their cover letters whether they wish to participate in the David Cameron Hicks Scholars Program. No prior experience or qualifications in the subject matter are needed to participate. With the guidance of Judge Reif and his law clerks, Hicks Scholars will select a topic, research and prepare a short paper or PowerPoint, and orally present their findings at the conclusion of the internship. Scholars will receive a recognition from chambers upon successful completion of the program. Please note that the responsibilities and experiences of Hicks Scholars will otherwise remain the same as those of other interns in chambers.