December 5, 2021

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De Blasio appoints, reappoints judges, many with ties to Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Supreme and Relatives Court creating on Jay Road. Eagle file picture by Rob Abruzzese

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday introduced 18 judicial appointments and reappointments to Spouse and children Court, Criminal Court docket and Civil Court, a lot of of whom have ties to Brooklyn or have presided over Brooklyn courtrooms.

“These appointees characterize some of the fiercest champions of justice our City has to offer,” said Mayor Invoice de Blasio. “By major our courts, they will enjoy a essential function in my administration’s work toward a recovery for all New Yorkers.”

Choose Keisha Espinal was appointed to the Legal Court in May well 2017. She is currently the supervising decide of Kings County Felony Court docket. Judge Espinal formerly served with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for 16 decades in a number of bureaus, together with as a supervising assistant district lawyer for the Domestic Violence Bureau.

Decide Deepa Ambekar, Brooklyn Legal Court docket. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese

Decide Deepa Ambekar has presided in excess of the bench at Brooklyn Criminal Court on Schermerhorn Street due to the fact 2018. Prior to her appointment, Choose Ambekar served with the New York Metropolis Council as a senior legislative legal professional and counsel to the Committee on General public Basic safety. 

Choose Quynda Santacroce was initial appointed as an interim Civil Courtroom Judge in January 2019 and has been serving in Brooklyn Felony Court. Decide Santacroce beforehand served with the New York Point out Unified Court docket Program as a principal court docket lawyer in Criminal Court, Queens County in the Integrated Domestic Violence Element/Queens Youth Aspect. 

Decide Jean Walsh was very first appointed as an Interim Civil Court docket Decide in January 2020 and has been serving in Brooklyn Felony Courtroom. Choose Walsh began her occupation at the Bronx County District Attorney’s Place of work, where by she served in a variety of bureaus for 14 many years before joining the United States Attorney’s Place of work, SDNY, and the New York Condition Inspector General’s Place of work. 

Decide Jay Weiner has been serving in Manhattan Criminal Court docket because 2019, but prior to that he served as an ADA in Brooklyn as properly as in Queens. Choose Weiner also served with the New York Condition Unified Court docket Technique as a principal regulation clerk in the Appellate Division, Second Section, which is located in Brooklyn Heights. 

Judge Janet McFarland received her regulation degree from Brooklyn Legislation School and has served with the Mental Cleanliness Lawful Provider as principal attorney in Woodhull Clinical Middle, also in Brooklyn. She also has served as a court lawyer referee in Richmond County Family Courtroom. Judge McFarland is appointed to Civil Courtroom and has been assigned to Family Court docket.

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Decide Gilbert Hong, an acting Supreme Court docket Justice, was appointed to the Criminal Court in September 2008 and has presided above the courtroom in Kings County. He was initial appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in July 2007 serving in Legal Courtroom. Prior to his appointment, he was with the New York County District Attorney’s Workplace.

Decide Robert Hettleman was very first appointed as a Family members Courtroom decide in December 2013 and served for four years in Bronx County. He began his occupation as a law clerk to U.S. Justice of the peace Decide Roanne Mann, Jap District of New York, headquartered in Brooklyn.

Judge Christopher Robles was appointed to the Criminal Courtroom in January 2018. He was to start with appointed as an Interim Civil Courtroom Decide in June 2017 and served in Criminal Court docket. Choose Robles was in personal apply for just about 18 yrs with litigation knowledge in loved ones regulation, civil exercise, and appellate apply. 

Other judges involve:

Choose Ashley Black was to start with appointed as an Interim Civil Court Decide in January 2020 and serves in Family members Courtroom. Choose Black began her lawful profession as an Company Lawyer with the New York Metropolis Administration for Children’s Companies (ACS). 

Judge Paul McDonnell was initial appointed as an Interim Civil Court docket Choose in January and serves in Criminal Courtroom. Decide McDonnell served with the New York Point out Unified Court System for over 3 decades in numerous roles.

Decide Linda Poust Lopez was elected to Civil Court docket in January 2011 and has been serving in Criminal Court. She was designated as an Performing Justice of the Supreme Court in 2017. 

Decide Gigi Parris was formerly a company associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.  Immediately after a few many years, she turned a Family Defense Observe Team Attorney with The Bronx Defenders. 

Choose Elenor C. Reid Cherry was appointed to the Family Courtroom in January 2018. She was initially appointed as an interim Civil Court Choose in June 2017 and served in Relatives Court. 

 Judge Valerie Pels was appointed to the Relatives Court docket in January 2013. Prior to her appointment, she served with the Lawful Help Culture in the Juvenile Legal rights Division for in excess of eight a long time. 

Decide Efrain Alvarado, an Acting Supreme Court Justice, was initial appointed to the Prison Courtroom in August 1988. He formerly served as the Administrative Judge for Criminal Issues of the Supreme Court in Bronx County from 2009 to 2013.  

Decide Cori Weston was appointed to the Criminal Court docket in June 2016. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served as an attorney with the New York County Defender Companies for virtually 19 several years and The Lawful Support Society’s Felony Protection Division for 7 years.  

Judge Jonathan Shim was very first appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in February 2018 and has been serving in Family members Courtroom. Prior to his appointment, Decide Shim labored as an associate at numerous corporations prior to starting off his personal observe in spouse and children and matrimonial legislation.