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Family Court
All appointments and reappointments were approved by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary and the New York City Bar's Committee on Judiciary.

Judge Jody Adams
Judge Michael A. Ambrosio

Judge Maria Arias
Judge Alan Beckoff
Judge Mary E. Bednar
Judge Stephen J. Bogacz 
Judge Rhoda J. Cohen
Judge Sarah Cooper 
Judge Susan S. Danoff 
Judge Tandra L. Dawson 
Judge Guy P. DePhillips 
Judge Catherine M. DiDomenico 
Judge Monica Drinane 
Judge Lee H. Elkins
Judge Mary Ellen Fitzmaurice
Judge Nora L. Freeman
Judge Sidney Gribetz
Judge Ilana Gruebel 
Judge Paula Hepner
Judge Robert Hettleman
Judge Douglas E. Hoffman
Judge John M. Hunt
Judge Anne-Marie Jolly 
Judge Susan K. Knipps
Judge Dean Kusakabe 
Judge Susan Larabee 
Judge Arnold Lim 
Judge Fran Lubow 
Judge Myrna Martinez-Perez
Judge Ruben A. Martino

Judge Terrence J. McElrath
Judge Margaret McGowan
Judge Juan Merchan
Judge Robert Mulroy
Judge Martin Murphy
Judge Emily M. Olshansky
Judge Peter Passidomo
Judge Jane Pearl
Judge Valerie Pels
Judge Joan Piccirillo
Judge Clark V. Richardson
Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson
Judge Marybeth Richroath
Judge Ronald Richter
Judge Gayle P. Roberts
Judge Jeanette Ruiz
Judge Helene Sacco
Judge Barbara Salinitro
Judge Carol Sherman
Judge Fernando Silva 
Judge Gloria Sosa-Lintner
Judge Carol Stokinger
Judge Jeffrey S. Sunshine
Judge Linda Tally
Judge Daniel Turbow
Judge Lillian Wan 
Judge Stewart Weinstein 
Judge Amanda White
Judge Karen Wolff

Judge Jody Adams was first appointed to the Family Court in 1993. Before becoming a judge, Judge Adams directed and wrote the Vera Institute's Family Court Disposition Study and practiced law in the Family Court. She received a B.A. from Radcliffe College, Harvard University and J.D. from Yale Law School. Reappointed November 2002.

Judge Michael Ambrosio an Acting Supreme Court Justice, was appointed to the Family Court in March 1983 and was a Supervising Judge of Family Court. He received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to his appointment, he last served as Deputy Director of the New York State Mental Hygiene Legal Services, First Department. Reappointed August 1992; August 2002; August 2012.

Judge Maria Arias was appointed as a Family Court Judge in January 2010. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and received her law degree from New York University School of Law. Prior to her appointment, Judge Arias was a Clinical Law Professor for the City University of New York Law School, Main Street Legal Services, Battered Women's Rights Clinic. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney for the Council of New York Law Associates' Community Development Legal Assistance Center and for the Legal Aid Society's Volunteer Division, Community Law Offices. Appointed January 2010.

Judge Alan Beckoff was first appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in September 2008 and has been serving in the Family Court. He is a graduate of Lafayette College and received his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. For 21 years, he worked for the New York City Law Department, serving as Deputy Borough Chief in the Family Court Division and as Senior Counsel in the Appeals Division. Appointed December 2008; reappointed May 2011. (Formerly appointed to the Interim Civil Court September 2008).

Judge Mary Bednar was first appointed to the Family Court in March 1986. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Judge Bednar previously served in the Legal Aid Society, the New York State Attorney General's Office, and was in private practice. Reappointed August 2005.

Judge Stephen Bogacz was first appointed to the Family Court in March 1995. He is a graduate of Fordham College, received his Masters from Fordham Graduate School, and his J.D. from Fordham Law School. He served in the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department for nearly twenty years. Reappointed August 2005.

Judge Rhoda Cohen has been a Family Court Judge since 1983. Judge Cohen, who had been Attorney-in-Charge of the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division's Staten Island Office, is a graduate of Brandeis University and Fordham University Law School. Reappointed November 2002.

Judge Sarah Cooper was appointed as a Family Court Judge in January 2012. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and received her law degree from Cardozo School of Law. Prior to her appointment, she practiced in Family Court for 15 years, having worked for the New York City Administration for Children's Services and as a Court Attorney Referee. Appointed January 2012.

Judge Susan Danoff was first appointed to the bench in August 2004 as an Interim Civil Court Judge. She is a graduate of Fordham University and The Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Prior to her appointment, she was a referee at the Kings County Family Court. Appointed December 2004; reappointed April 2011. (Formerly appointed to the Interim Civil Court August 2004).

Judge Tandra Dawson was first appointed to the Family Court in July 1998. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Brooklyn Law School. Judge Dawson previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney's Office. Reappointed December 2004.

Judge Guy DePhillips, who served as a Family Court Judge since 1983, is the former Supervising Judge of Queens County Family Court and was an Acting Supreme Court Justice. Before becoming a judge, Judge DePhillips was Principal Appellate Law Assistant for the Supreme Court, Appellate Division. He received a B.A. from Manhattan College, L.L.B. from St. John's University and an L.L.M. from New York University School of Law. Reappointed November 2002.

Judge Catherine DiDomenico was first appointed to the bench in January 2005 as an Interim Civil Court Judge. She was subsequently appointed to the Family Court in January 2006. Judge DiDomenico is a graduate of Fordham University and received her J.D. from Fordham Law School. Prior to her appointment, she served as an Administrative Law Judge with the New York City Environmental Control Board and as an Impartial Hearing Officer with the New York City Board of Education. She was also an associate for a private firm as well as legal counsel to Congressman Vito Fossella. Appointed to the Family Court December 2005; reappointed January 2007.  (Formerly appointed to the Interim Civil Court January 2005).

Judge Monica Drinane was first appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in August 2004. She has been serving in the Family Court and is currently the Supervising Judge of Bronx County Family Court. She is a graduate of St. John's University, she received her master's degree from Fordham University, and her law degree from New York University School of Law. She had spent her entire legal career with the Legal Aid Society for nearly 23 years, where she last served as Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Division. Appointed January 2008. (Formerly appointed to the Interim Civil Court August 2004; reappointed January 2005, January 2006, January 2007).

Judge Lee Elkins was first appointed to the bench as a Criminal Court Judge in April 1995. In November 1995, Judge Elkins was appointed to the Family Court. He is a graduate of St. John's College and received his J.D. from Boston University Law School. Judge Elkins previously served in the Legal Aid Society and was a law clerk to the late Judge Harold J. Rothwax. Reappointed December 2005.

Judge Mary Ellen Fitzmaurice, an Acting Supreme Court Justice, was first appointed to the Family Court in October 1990. She graduated from Molloy College and received her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law.  Judge Fitzmaurice previously served with the Legal Aid Society and the Human Resources Administration, and was a solo practitioner specializing in family law.  Reappointed June 2010.

Judge Nora Freeman was first appointed to the Family Court in 1993, serving in both Queens and Kings Counties. She received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. Reappointed August 2002.

Judge Sidney Gribetz was first appointed to the Family Court in May 1999. He graduated from Columbia College and received his law degree from Fordham Law School. Judge Gribetz formerly served as a Law Clerk and Executive Secretary for the Appellate Division, First Department and was an associate at a law firm. Reappointed May 2009.

Judge Ilana Gruebel was first appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in January 2010 and has been serving in Family Court. She graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton and received her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She served as a Bureau Chief of the Family Court Division of the Nassau County Legal Aid Society and was with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division in New York City.  She was also a Court Attorney Referee in Family Court, Kings County.  Appointed August 2010.  (Formerly appointed to the Interim Civil Court January 2010).

Judge Paula Hepner was first appointed to the Family Court in August 1990. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. Judge Hepner is currently the Supervising Judge of Kings County Family Court. Her prior employment includes Director of the Handicapped Children's Rights Project for Advocates for Children of New York, as well as Supervising Attorney for the Human Resources Administration's Manhattan Family Court, Child Abuse and Neglect Unit. Reappointed January 2010.

Judge Robert Hettleman received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from New York University School of Law. He has served with the New York County District Attorney's Office for 16 years in various capacities including as Chief of the Child Abuse Unit.  Appointed December 2013.

Judge Douglas Hoffman was first appointed to the bench as a Criminal Court Judge in January 2003, and was assigned to the Family Court. He is currently the Supervising Judge of New York County Family Court. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law. Judge Hoffman was a former Housing Court Judge and formerly served in the Legal Aid Society. Appointed October 2005. (Formerly appointed to the Criminal Court January 2003).

Judge John Hunt was appointed to the Family Court in March 1996. He is a graduate of Fordham University and received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. He previously served in the Legal Aid Society. Reappointed December 2005.

Judge Anne-Marie Jolly was appointed as a Family Court Judge in September 2010. She is a graduate of Boston University and received her law degree from Albany Law School. Prior to her appointment, Judge Jolly worked for the Office of Court Administration in various capacities including Counsel and Chief of Staff to the Administrative Judge of New York City Family Courts, Deputy Chief Magistrate to the New York State Family Court, and Court Attorney Referee in Family Court.  Prior to that, she was with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division for eight years.  Appointed September 2010; reappointed May 2011.

Judge Susan Knipps was first appointed to the bench in July 2000 as an Interim Civil Court Judge and was serving in Family Court. She was subsequently appointed to the Family Court in August 2004. Judge Knipps received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and is a graduate of Yale Law School. Prior to her appointment, Judge Knipps clerked for a federal court judge, was an associate at a private firm, worked for the Legal Aid Society and served in various positions in the courts, including Deputy Counsel to Chief Judge Judith Kaye. Appointed August 2004; reappointed December 2007. (Formerly reappointed to the Interim Civil Court January 2002, January 2003, January 2004).

Judge Dean Kusakabe was appointed as a Family Court Judge in July 2012. He is a graduate of Emory University and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Prior to his appointment, he served with the Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights Division, and was a solo practitioner specializing in family law. Appointed July 2012.

Judge Susan Larabee was first appointed to the Family Court in March 1989. She graduated from Indiana University and received her law degree from New York University School of Law. Judge Larabee's prior employment includes Attorney-in-Charge of Manhattan Family Court for the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division, as well as Deputy General Counsel for New York City's Human Resources Administration. Reappointed March 2009.

Judge Arnold Lim was first appointed to the Family Court in February 2000. He received his undergraduate degree from City College, his master's degree from Hunter College School of Social Work, and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Judge Lim was previously the Deputy Borough Chief of the Queens County Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department, as well as the Deputy Executive Director of the Mayoral Task Force on Police-Community Relations for the Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator. Reappointed May 2009.

Judge Fran Lubow was first appointed to the Family Court in December 1990. She graduated from the City University of New York, Queens College and received her law degree from Syracuse University. Judge Lubow formerly served with the New York City Department of Probation, the New York City Law Department's Family Court Division, and the New York City Human Resources Administration. She also worked at private law firms. Reappointed February 2008.

Judge Myrna Martinez-Perez, whom Mayor Bloomberg appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in 2002, was reappointed to the Family Court. Judge Martinez-Perez had previously been appointed to the Family Court in 1990 and reappointed in 1992. Prior to her appointment, she last served as a Family Court Hearing Examiner. Judge Martinez-Perez received a B.A. from State University of New York, Herbert H. Lehman College and J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. Reappointed December 2002.

Judge Ruben Martino was appointed as a Family Court Judge in January 2003 and was the Presiding Justice of the Harlem Community Justice Center. He graduated from Yale University and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He formerly served as a Housing Court Judge and was a Supervising Attorney of the Housing Unit, and Family and Consumer Unit at the Legal Aid Society. Reappointed August 2012.

Judge Terrence McElrath was appointed to the Family Court in December 1995. He is a graduate of Sienna College and received his J.D. from Rutgers State University School of Law. He was formerly a social worker at the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services and also served in the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department. Reappointed December 2005.

Judge Margaret McGowan was appointed to the Family Court in August 2006. Judge McGowan is a graduate of Queens College and received her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law. She served as a Housing Court Judge for eight years and prior to that, was a court attorney for New York City Civil Court. She was also an associate for two law firms. Appointed August 2006.

Judge Juan Merchan was appointed to the Family Court in August 2006. He is currently the Presiding Judge of the Manhattan Mental Health Court. He is a graduate of Baruch College and received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. He served with the New York State Office of the Attorney General for seven years and most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General In-Charge of their Nassau County regional office. He began his legal career with the New York County District Attorney's Office. Appointed August 2006.

Judge Robert Mulroy was appointed to the Family Court in January 2013. He graduated from Fordham University and Fordham Law School. Prior to his appointment, he was a solo practitioner specializing in family law and was a Support Magistrate and subsequently Deputy Chief Magistrate of New York State Family Court. Appointed January 2013.

Judge Martin Murphy, currently serving as an Acting Supreme Court Justice, was first appointed to the Family Court in April 1997 but has presided in Criminal Court and the Criminal Term of Supreme Court. He most recently served as the Supervising Judge of New York County Criminal Court for five years. He graduated from Seton Hall University and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Prior to his appointment, Judge Murphy spent 18 years with the Legal Aid Society where he last served as an Attorney-in-Charge, and prior to that, he served with the New York City Criminal Justice Coordinator's Office. Reappointed November 2006.

Judge Emily Olshansky was first appointed to the Family Court in August 2004. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and received her law degree from Cardozo Law School. She was an associate at two matrimonial law firms and held various positions at the New York State Supreme Court's Appellate Division, First Department, including Law Guardian Director. Appointed August 2004; reappointed October 2007.

Judge Peter Passidomo was appointed as a Family Court Judge in July 2012. He received his undergraduate degree from S.U.N.Y. at Albany, and his law degree from Fordham Law School. He served with the New York State Unified Court System in various capacities including as Chief Court Attorney to the Administrative Judge of Family Court, Family Law Advisor to the Chief Administrative Judge, Chief Family Court Magistrate, and Chief Clerk of New York City Family Courts. Appointed July 2012.

Judge Jane Pearl was first appointed to the Family Court in February 2000. She received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University, her master's degree and Ph.D from Northwestern University, and her law degree from The Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Judge Pearl previously served as a Court Attorney Referee in New York County Family Court. Reappointed July 2009.

Judge Valerie Pels was appointed to the Family Court in January 2013. She is a graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School. Prior to her appointment, she served with the Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights Division, and as Principal Law Clerk in the Youth Part and Integrated Domestic Violence Part of the Supreme Court. Appointed January 2013.

Judge Joan Piccirillo was appointed to the Family Court in July 2012. She received her undergraduate degree from Waynesburg University and her law degree from Touro College School of Law. Prior to her appointment, she was in private practice for over 20 years specializing in family law, and served as Principal Court Attorney in Family Court and Supreme Court. Appointed July 2012.

Judge Clark Richardson was first appointed to the Family Court in 1995. He is a graduate of Yale University and Cornell Law School. Judge Richardson was a former borough chief in the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department. Reappointed July 2004.

Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson was first appointed to the Family Court in January 2003. She is currently the Administrative Judge for New York City Family Court. She is a graduate of City College, City University of New York Law School and earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Judge Richardson-Mendelson was formerly a court attorney-referee in the Queens County Family Court and was a solo practitioner specializing in family law. Appointed January 2003; reappointed July 2004.

Judge Ronald Richter was first appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in January 2009 and had been serving in the Family Court. He graduated from Tufts University, received his law degree from Boston University School of Law, and a master's degree from Boston University College of Communication. Prior to his appointment, Judge Richter served as the New York City Family Services Coordinator for the Mayor's Office, Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Administration for Children's Services, and Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society. He was appointed to the Family Court in December 2009 and served until August 2011 to become the Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children's Services. Appointed December 2009 and December 2013. (Formerly appointed to the Interim Civil Court January 2009).

Judge Marybeth Richroath, was appointed to the Family Court in December 2001. She graduated from Fordham University and received her law degree from St. John's University School of Law. Judge Richroath served with the New York County District Attorney's Office, the New York City Department of Investigation, the New York City Trade Waste Commission, and served as Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator. Reappointed April 2011.

Judge Gayle Roberts was appointed as a Family Court Judge in April 1997. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburg and received her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. Judge Roberts formerly served in the Bronx County District Attorney's Office. Reappointed December 2005.

Judge Jeanette Ruiz was first appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in July 2007. She has been presiding in Family Court. Judge Ruiz received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College, her master's degree from Columbia University's School of Social Work, and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to her appointment, Judge Ruiz served as a law clerk, was with the New York City Law Department and the Department of Business Services, served as General Counsel to the Harlem Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Services, and most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner, Division of Family Permanency Services for New York City's Administration for Children's Services. Appointed April 2008. (Formerly appointed to the Interim Civil Court July 2007; reappointed January 2008).

Judge Helene Sacco was appointed to the Family Court in August 2006. She is currently the Supervising Judge of Richmond County Family Court. She received both her undergraduate and law school degrees from St. John's University. Judge Sacco most recently served as the court attorney to the Supervising Judge of Richmond County's Civil Court for almost ten years. She was also an associate for several law firms as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at St. John's University. Appointed August 2006; reappointed January 2009.

Judge Barbara Salinitro was first appointed to the Family Court in December 1996. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. She formerly served with the Corporation Counsel's office in various capacities including as Borough Chief of the Bronx County Family Court Division.  Reappointed December 2003 and December 2013.

Judge Carol Sherman was appointed to the Family Court in May 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She served with the Legal Aid Society for 26 years before becoming the Executive Director and Founder of The Children's Law Center. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School for seven years. Appointed May 2008.

Judge Fernando Silva was first appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in September 2010. He is a graduate of Catholic University and received his law degree from Boston College. Prior to his appointment, Judge Silva worked for the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division for nearly 6 years having last served as an Assistant Attorney-in-Charge.  He subsequently joined the New York State Unified Court System and served as a Principal Court Attorney for 16 years in Family Court and Supreme Court.  Appointed January 2011. (Formerly appointed to the Interim Civil Court September 2010).

Judge Gloria Sosa-Lintner was appointed to the Family Court in March 1988. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. Prior to her appointment, she last served as a Family Court Hearing Examiner. Reappointed August 1992; August 2002; August 2012.

Judge Carol Stokinger was appointed to the Family Court in February 2000. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College and received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law. She is currently the Supervising Judge of Queens County Family Court. Judge Stokinger was previously with the New York County District Attorney's Office for almost 23 years having last served as the Bureau Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau. Reappointed January 2010.

Judge Jeffrey Sunshine, currently a Supreme Court Justice, was first appointed to the Family Court in 1998. Before becoming a judge, Judge Sunshine was a Principal Law Clerk to the late Honorable Barry Hurowitz, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court in Kings and Richmond Counties. He was also a founding partner at his private practice, Sunshine & Goldberg where he concentrated in matrimonial, family and elder law. He received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. Reappointed December 2003.

Judge Linda Tally was first appointed to the Family Court in August 2006. She received her undergraduate degree from Kirkland/Hamilton College and her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. Prior to her appointment, Judge Tally worked in Family Court for nearly 23 years, having last served as a Referee.  Appointed August 2006.  Reappointed September 2013. (Appointed to the Interim Civil Court December 2012).

Judge Daniel Turbow was appointed to the Family Court in April 1997. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College, received his Masters in Political Science from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, and received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Judge Turbow formerly served in the New York City Law Department, was in private practice, and clerked for a federal district court chief judge, the late Judge Jacob Mishler. Reappointed December 2005.

Judge Lillian Wan was first appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in July 2012 and has been serving in Family Court. She received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and her law degree from Albany Law School. She worked for the New York City Administration for Children's Services as Executive Agency Counsel and was a Court Attorney-Referee in Surrogate's Court. Appointed December 2012. (Formerly appointed to the Interim Civil Court July 2012).

Judge Stewart Weinstein was first appointed to the Family Court in October 1990.  He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton and received his law degree from Pepperdine University Law School. Judge Weinstein worked for the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division where he last served as the Director of Training. Reappointed June 2010.

Judge Amanda White was first appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in January 2011 and was subsequently appointed to the Family Court in December 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and her law degree from New York University School of Law. Prior to her appointment, she worked in the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division for 18 years, having last served as an Attorney-in-Charge. Appointed December 2011; reappointed August 2012.

Judge Karen Wolff was appointed as a Family Court Judge in January 2010. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and received her law degree from Union University at Albany Law School. Prior to her appointment, Judge Wolff was a Special Referee of a Matrimonial Part, and Court Attorney of the Supreme Court, Richmond County. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department's Medical Malpractice Unit. Appointed January 2010.