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Hon. Sarah Vance

Former JPML Chair; USDC Eastern District of Louisiana

As both a litigator and a judge, antitrust law has been an area of particular interest for Judge Vance. She has authored numerous articles on the subject and has extensive involvement with the ABA’s Antitrust Section.


  • Research analyst at the Public Affairs Research Council
  • Counsel for the National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • (At Stone Pigman) Represented plaintiffs in antitrust MDL: price fixing in marine construction industry; $175+ million settlements.
  • 1994: nominated by President Bill Clinton to become a federal judge
  • 1997-2003: served on the Judicial Conference’s Committee on Administration of the Bankruptcy System
  • Involved in American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section
  • Elected to the ALI in 1996
  • 2008: Named chief judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Elected to the ALI Council in 2013
  • Adviser on the Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance project
  • On the Members Consultative Group for the Principles of Government Ethics project


Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana J.D. – 1975
Tulane Law Review, managing editor 
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana B.A. – 1971
Publications & Presentations
Speaker, presentation on American antitrust law to Chinese Judiciary, 2009

2022 recipient of the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award