Fund for Modern Courts to honor Hon. Kamins, respected Brooklyn jurist

November 27, 2012 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Hon. Barry Kamins, administrative judge for criminal matters for the Second Judicial District and for the Criminal Court of the City of New York, will be honored by the Fund for the Modern Court today at its 10th annual Cyrus R. Vance Tribute.

The breakfast tribute, which will take place at 8 a.m. at the Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Ave., is dedicated to the memory of former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance.

 Welcoming remarks will be made by Milton L. Williams Jr., chair of the Fund for Modern Courts. Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Manhattan district attorney, will present the award and speak about the importance of public service.  
Among the previous honorees were Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes in 2008; Michael A. Cardozo, the corporation counsel of the City of New York, in 2009; Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern A. Fisher in 2010: and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in 2011.   

Hon. Kamins was appointed a criminal court judge by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008, was elevated to acting Supreme Court justice in 2009, and was elected to the position of Supreme Court justice this year.

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Kamins is the former president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He co-chairs the Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure for the Chief Administrative Judge of New York, as well as the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission.

Justice Kamins is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham Law School, where he teaches New York criminal procedure. He is the author of “New York Search and Seizure,” a leading treatise on the Fourth Amendment. He also writes the Criminal Law and Practice Column for the New York Law Journal.

Justice Kamins is past chairman of the Grievance Committee of the 2nd and 11th Judicial Districts, and a former member of the NYS Continuing Legal Education Board.

From 1969 to 1973, he served as an assistant district attorney in Kings County, where he was deputy chief of the Criminal Court Bureau. Before his appointment to the bench, he was a partner in Flamhaft Levy Kamins Hirsch & Rendeiro, LLP.

He lectures extensively on criminal law for the Office of Court Administration and to prosecutors and defense attorneys. He received a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School.

Founded in 1955, the Fund for Modern Courts is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, statewide organization dedicated to improving the courts in New York State through advocacy, public education and in-court programming.

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