Kamins, DiMango Appointed to Broader Roles in State Courts

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The upcoming departure of Judge Judy Kluger (See Profile) from the state court system has led to a reshuffling of administrative posts at the Office of Court Administration, with Supreme Court Justice Barry Kamins (See Profile) replacing Kluger as chief of policy and planning and Supreme Court Justice Patricia DiMango (See Profile) replacing Kamins as administrative judge for criminal matters in Kings County Supreme Court.

Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti (See Profile) today announced that Kamins will take over responsibility for 300 "problem solving" courts, including drug, community, domestic violence, mental health, sex offense, veterans, human trafficking and adolescent diversion courts. He will also oversee the court system's efforts to move foreclosure cases.

Although Kamins will hand over his Supreme Court criminal responsibilities to DiMango, Prudenti said Kamins will continue to oversee the New York City Criminal Court. The two will assume their new roles on Jan. 6.

"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," Prudenti said in a statement. "Their vast expertise and unbridled energy have been assets to the court system and will undoubtedly serve them well as they assume the myriad challenges of their new assignments."

Kamins, 70, a former assistant district attorney in Brooklyn and criminal defense lawyer with Flamhaft Levy Kamins Hirsch & Rendeiro, was appointed to New York City Criminal Court in 2008, elevated to Acting Supreme Court Justice in 2009 and named Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters in Kings County Supreme Court. He was elected to Supreme Court in an uncontested election last year.

Kamins writes extensively on criminal law and is a New York Law Journal columnist. He cochairs the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission and the Chief Administrative Judge's Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure and sits on the New York Justice Task Force.

A former president of the New York City Bar Association and graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, Kamins will be paid $176,000 in his new role. He is currently paid $172,900.

"I am honored to be asked to coordinate policy and planning for the court system in addition to running the New York City Criminal Court," Kamins said. "I hope to add a number of new criminal justice initiatives in my new role."

DiMango, 60, was appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to the New York City Criminal Court in 1995, becoming the first Italian-American woman to hear criminal cases in the city. In 1998, DiMango was designated an acting Supreme Court justice and elected three years later to a full term.

She has served as the court's deputy administrative judge for criminal matters since June 2012 and earlier this year was put in charge of the Bronx "Blockbuster Part" to address the borough's felony backlog (NYLJ, June 7).

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