Robert M. Dow, Jr. has served as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois since December 2007. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Dow was a partner at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago and a member of the firm’s litigation, telecommunications, and Supreme Court and appellate practice groups. In 2010, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Dow to a three-year term on the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules. Since 2013, he has served by appointment of the Chief Justice on the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and has chaired its Rule 23 and MDL Rules Subcommittees. He recently completed two terms as Chair of the Rules Advisory Committee of the Seventh Circuit and remains on the Rules Committee of the Northern District of Illinois. Dow has been a visiting judge on the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a contributing author to Federal Appellate Practice, a Mayer Brown LLP treatise first published in 2008.
Judge Dow received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Yale University, graduating summa cum laude with distinction in both majors. He attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning master’s and doctorate degrees in International Relations as well as three varsity letters playing for the university basketball team. Dow graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. Immediately after graduating from law school, Dow clerked for Judge Joel M. Flaum of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago