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Judges Mundy, Ottley and Ventura designated as Justice of the Appellate Term

January 10, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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Three judges, Hon. Marina Mundy, Hon. Lisa Ottley, and Hon. Lourdes Ventura, have been designated as Associate Justice of the Appellate Term, Second Judicial District starting on Jan. 3.

Justice Ottley, who graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn and Temple University School of Law, was elected to the Kings County Civil Court in 2008 and became its supervising judge in 2010. In 2018, Judge Ottley was elected to the Supreme Court.

Hon. Marina Mundy. Eagle file photo by Robert Abruzzese

Prior to serving on the bench, Justice Ottley worked as a private attorney and then as a court attorney to Judge Alice Fisher Rubin from 2000 until 2008.

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Justice Ottley is active in many of the local bar associations and is this month’s guest at the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Sit Down with a Judge series. Starting at 5:30 P.M. On Tuesday, January 31, via Zoom, members of the BBA are going to get an opportunity to hear from Justice Ottley, and in particular, her work over Article 81 matters on guardianship cases.

Court Attorney Kemar Hermitt. Eagle file photo by Robert Abruzzese

In Article 81 cases, a judge must decide if a person is incapacitated for legal purposes and if they need a guardian appointed to them to handle their own property or personal matters.

Justice Ottley is also a former Small Claims Court Arbitrator and a former adjunct professor at Long Island University Brooklyn, and Kingsborough Community College.

Justice Lourdes, who was born and raised in Queens and attended SUNY Buffalo Law School, became a Queens County Civil Court judge in 2019 before she was elected that same year to the Queens County Supreme Court.

Prior to her time on the bench, Justice Lourdes was a partner at Ahmuty Demers and McManus from 2010 to 2018, and from 2007 to 2010, she served as counsel and deputy chief of staff with the New York State Senate.

Judge Lourdes Ventura. Eagle file photo by Robert Abruzzese
Judge Lisa Ottley. Eagle file photo by Caroline Ourso.

Justice Ventura was the first Hispanic woman to serve as an officer of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and the first Hispanic woman to serve as president of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association.

Justice Mundy began her career on the bench in the New York City Housing Court in 2005 and was reappointed in 2010 and then again in 2015. In 2018, the Brooklyn Law School graduate and former court attorney was elected to the Supreme Court in Richmond County.

While Mundy’s career has primarily been in Staten Island, she did sit in Brooklyn Housing Court for a time and also was honored by the Kings County Housing Court Bar Association during its annual luncheon. Justice Mundy has also lectured at the Brooklyn Bar Association.

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