Justice Kamins appointed to statewide court post

Justice DiMango to succeed him as administrative judge

December 17, 2013 By Charisma L. Miller, Esq. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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New York State Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti on Tuesday announced the appointments of Hon. Barry Kamins as the court system’s chief of policy and planning, and Hon. Patricia DiMango as administrative judge for criminal matters of State Supreme Court, Kings County, a post previously held by Justice Kamins.

Justice Kamins succeeds Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, who following 25 years of distinguished judicial service has been named executive director of Sanctuary for Families.

Both appointments, which will take effect on Jan. 6, 2014, were made with the approval of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. DiMango’s appointment was also made in consultation with Presiding Justice Randall T. Eng of the Appellate Division, Second Department.

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As chief of policy and planning, Kamins will work with the New York court system’s administrative judges and justice system partners to devise, implement and refine practices aimed at promoting better case outcomes for litigants, victims and communities, overseeing a statewide network of over 300 “problem-solving” courts. These include drug, community, domestic violence, mental health, sex offense, veterans, adolescent diversion and human trafficking courts.

Additionally, he will direct the court system’s efforts to help move foreclosure cases along more swiftly while ensuring the integrity of the process. While Kamins will step down as Kings County Supreme Court administrative judge for criminal matters, he will continue in his capacity overseeing New York City Criminal Court.

DiMango will replace Kamins as Kings County Supreme Court administrative judge for criminal matters, charged with the oversight of one of the busiest criminal courts in the country.

“We are extremely fortunate to have two such outstanding jurists to fill these critically important positions. Judges Kamins and DiMango are widely esteemed members of New York’s legal community, innovative leaders who bring the perfect blend of experience, skills and wisdom to their respective posts,” said Judge Prudenti.

Appointed to New York City Criminal Court in 2008, Justice Kamins was elevated to Acting Supreme Court justice in 2009 and named administrative judge for criminal matters in Kings County Supreme Court. In 2012, he was designated administrative judge for New York City Criminal Court.

Before taking the bench, he was a partner at Flamhaft Levy Kamins Hirsch & Rendeiro LLP, and from 1969 to 1973 served as an assistant district Attorney in Kings County, rising to the position of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau. Among his extra-judicial pursuits, Kamins writes extensively on the topic of criminal law, sits on the New York Justice Task Force and is co-chair of the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission.

A past president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, he earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.

Justice Patricia DiMango began her judicial career in New York City Criminal Court, to which she was appointed in 1995. She was named an acting Supreme Court Justice, Second Judicial District, in 1998 and elected to the State Supreme Court, Kings County, in 2001. Since June 2012, she has served as the court’s deputy administrative judge for Criminal Matters.

Earlier this year, DiMango was recruited to help reduce the acute felony backlog in the Bronx, where she presided over a special “blockbuster” part that successfully resolved hundreds of the oldest cases.

Prior to her ascension to the bench, she was a law clerk to several Supreme Court Justices. A former Kings County assistant district attorney, DiMango is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. She also holds a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University.

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