Mindy Jeng appointed as Special Counsel to OCA’s Executive Director

September 29, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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The Office of Court Administration announced the appointment of a new special counsel to its executive director Justin Barry on Thursday.

Chief Administrative Judge Joseph Zayas and First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Norman St. George announced the appointment of Mindy Jeng as Special Counsel to the Executive Director.

Jeng, a seasoned attorney boasting broad-based experience, steps into this pivotal role with a robust background in legal and administrative functions within OCA. 

She had adeptly juggled roles in the Executive Office and Counsel’s Office, contributing keen insights and analysis related to court system policies, procedures and standards. Her appointment is aligned with OCA’s ongoing restructuring.

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In her new capacity, Jeng is tasked with acting as a deputy to Justin Barry. Her responsibilities will encompass oversight of the management and divisions of OCA. The organization plays an instrumental role in offering support services to courts, encapsulating areas like court research, security, facilities planning, financial management, human resources, jury support and technology.

Jeng’s illustrious career within OCA has seen her spearheading multiple initiatives, earning her accolades from her peers for her impeccable legal expertise, institutional knowledge and work ethic. 

“Mindy Jeng has provided invaluable support and guidance to OCA over the years,” said Hon. St. George. “She is extraordinarily resourceful and hardworking, possessing superb legal and administrative skills. I have every confidence that, based on her past successes, she will prove a tremendous asset to Justin Barry and our entire court leadership team, rising to the challenges of this pivotal assignment.”

With a career that traces back to roles including special projects counsel to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and a law clerk at the New York Court of Appeals, Jeng’s comprehensive understanding of the court system’s intricacies is anticipated to bring value to her new assignment. 

“Mindy Jeng is a skilled attorney with broad-based experience within OCA who, over the course of her tenure, has provided critical analysis in a range of areas relating to court system policies, procedures and standards, spearheading multiple initiatives on behalf of OCA’s Executive and Counsel’s offices,” Justice Zayas said. “Her legal expertise and institutional knowledge, combined with her excellent skills and strong work ethic, make her an ideal fit for this important assignment.”

Jeng, a Princeton University and Stanford Law School alumna, has, since 2021, served as administrative counsel in OCA’s Executive Office, and since 2016, as executive director of the Pro Bono Scholars Program. 

“I am thankful and humbled to be selected as Special Counsel to Executive Director Barry,” said Jeng, whose appointment takes effect immediately. “I look forward to working with the court leadership team and am eager to collaborate with our entire court family to improve the effective operation of our courts and the administration of justice.”

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