Taryn A. Merkl, assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York has been a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and has taught its federal prosecution externship since 2008. As an assistant U.S. attorney, she serves as the chief of civil rights for the criminal division and has previously served as the chief of organized crime and gangs; as a deputy chief in the organized crime and racketeering section; and as an acting deputy chief in the general crimes section. Merkl has also worked for the business and securities fraud section, the organized crime and racketeering section, and with the general crimes section. Previously, she served as an adjunct professor of white collar crime at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Prior to becoming an assistant U.S. attorney, Merkl served as a law clerk to Judge Jan E. DuBois of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2000 to 2001 and as law clerk to Chief Judge John M. Walker Jr. of the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2002.
In 2000, she earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she won the Young B. Smith prize for excellence in torts, was the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual (5th edition). She also served as a submissions editor of the Journal of Transnational Law and was a director of the Student Legal Action Network from 1998 to 1999. Her publications include “The Federalization of Criminal Law and Double Jeopardy,” 31 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 175, 1999, and “Chapter 6, An Introduction to Legal Documents,” in A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, 2000. Merkl graduated from the University of Michigan in 1996 with a B.A. in political science.