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Date: October 17, 1997

Release #622-97

Contact: Colleen Roche/Jennifer Chait (212) 788-2958


In a City Hall ceremony today, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani appointed four Criminal Court judges and reappointed one Family Court judge.

Ethan Greenberg, Patricia M. Nu¤ez, Fernando M. Camacho, and Deborah Stevens Modica are all first-time appointees to the New York City Criminal Court. Sheldon M. Rand is a reappointment to the Family Court bench.

"These men and women before us today have shown a commitment to uphold the law throughout their distinguished careers," Mayor Giuliani said. "They bring to the bench unique backgrounds and decades of experience. I am sure they will be a credit to the judicial system, dispensing justice with dedication, fairness and integrity that have been the hallmarks of their careers. Today, I am proud to perform the oath of office for this distinguished group of litigators and public servants."

Criminal Court Appointments

Most recently, Fernando M. Camacho was an associate with Balsam, Felber & Favian, having served for the prior ten years as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's office investigating and prosecuting violent drug gangs in upper Manhattan. Mr. Camacho, who at the age of nine fled Castro's regime in 1969, was admitted to the bar in 1986 after graduating from Columbia College and Fordham University Law School.

Prior to today's appointment, Ethan Greenberg served as a partner for the last three years in the Litigation Department of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. As an attorney in private practice, he litigated criminal and civil matters -- including white collar crime -- in both the trial and appellate courts. After graduating from Yale University and obtaining his law degree from Columbia University in 1981, Mr. Greenberg joined the New York County District Attorney's office. He was admitted to the bar in 1982.

Deborah Stevens Modica earned her B.A. and law degree from Fordham University. Having started her legal career as an assistant district attorney in the office of the Queens County District Attorney, Ms. Modica spent her first four years as an appellate lawyer, writing some 60 briefs, before moving to a Supreme Court bureau as a trial assistant. With her extensive knowledge of criminal law and procedure, Ms. Modica next moved to Kings County District Attorney's office rising to the position of Deputy District Attorney. Admitted to the bar in 1978, Ms. Modica is a proud mother of five children.

Patricia Marie Nu¤ez served as a senior investigative counsel in the Rackets Bureau of the New York County District Attorney's office, specializing in long term organized crime investigations and prosecutions. After beginning her career in the D.A.'s office in 1981, Ms. Nu¤ez became a senior trial counsel, prosecuting hundreds of cases, trying over 60, and writing three appellate briefs. She received her B.A. from Queens College and J.D. from Rutgers Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1978.

Family Court Reappointment

Sheldon M. Rand has served on the Family Court bench since 1977. Prior to ascending to the bench, he served three years as law secretary to Supreme Court Justice Irwin Brownstein, and litigated in private and small firm practice. Admitted to the bar in 1962, Judge Rand graduated from New York University and Brooklyn Law school.

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