Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein

Senior Lecturing Fellow

  • 210 Science Drive
    Durham, NC 27708


Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein is a United States district judge for the Western District of Washington. Since 2003 she has served as director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. She was chief judge of the Western District of Washington from 1987-1994.

Before her appointment to the federal bench in 1980, Judge Rothstein served as a King County Superior Court judge for the State of Washington. Earlier, she practiced law in Boston and worked for the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division of the State of Washington’s Attorney General’s office. She has taught trial practice at the University of Washington Law School and has presided over many complex and controversial criminal and civil cases.

Judge Rothstein has served on a variety of committees including the Federal-State Relations Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and the Ninth Circuit Standing Committee on Gender, Race, Religious and Ethnic Fairness. She is a frequent lecturer and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Rothstein graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University and received her JD from Harvard Law School.