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Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler

Sherry Klein Heitler grew up in the Bronx and has lived in Manhattan for the past 43 years. She attended public schools, Bronx High School of Science, Hunter College, 1965 (B.A.), New York University, 1966 (M.A.), and Fordham University School of Law, 1976 (J.D.). She was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 1977.

During the hiatus between graduate school and starting law school in 1973, she was Assistant Director of Admissions at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. One of her primary responsibilities was insuring the diversity of the incoming student body. She was instrumental in developing a special program through which Associate Degree students could matriculate to obtain a B.A. Degree.

In 1977 she became a Law Assistant in the Civil Court of the City of New York. In 1979 she founded the law firm of Heitler & Levy, P.C. and taught Family Law at Baruch College, City University. In addition, she was a New York City Civil Court Arbitrator, a Director of the Spingold Foundation, and served in numerous matters as either a guardian, conservator or referee.

Justice Heitler was elected to the New York City Civil Court bench for a term beginning in January, 1994. In January, 1996 she was designated to sit as an Acting Supreme Court Justice in New York County and was elected as a Supreme Court Justice in January, 2001. Initially she sat in a Trial Part. She was then assigned to a Matrimonial Part which involved cases dealing with the status of the divorce, custody, equitable distribution, child support and maintenance issues of the litigants. She sat in a Trial Assignment Part where she evaluated, settled and assigned cases to trial. Thereafter, she was responsible for conferencing and settling various cases which were brought by or against the City of New York. She then presided over an Individual Assignment Part in which she tried all types of cases and decided motions thereon, including medical malpractice cases, contract cases, personal injury cases and landlord-tenant disputes. She presided over Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 applications and conducted Mental Hygiene hearings at various hospitals in New York City. Such hearings included issues regarding the administration or withholding of medication, release from or retention by the facility, and electric convulsive therapy.

On January 2, 2007 she was appointed to sit as an Associate Justice on the Appellate Term, Supreme Court, First Department where she reviewed criminal and civil cases. In August 2008 she was further assigned to the Center for Complex Litigation in respect of which she administers all asbestos-related matters in the City of New York, with an inventory of more than 30,000 cases.

In December, 2009 she was appointed as Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, First Judicial District, at which point she left the Appellate Term.

Justice Heitler has chaired and lectured at many different programs. At the New York County Lawyers Association, she has chaired programs on Conservators, Receivers and Referees, Ethics in Government, and Joint Membership for NYCLA and the Puerto Rican Bar Association. She co-chaired the Continuing Legal Education program for the Millennium Women’s Bar Convention sponsored by The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. She has given several lectures to different lawyers' groups, including a symposium on the issue of Parental Relocation. Because of her strong belief in the value of education, she has employed legal interns from different law schools to work with her as part of their course of study.

She is a member of many professional groups, including: Fordham Law Alumni Association (currently serving as Vice President); the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York County Lawyers Association; New York County Women's Bar Association (currently serving as a Director); New York State Bar Association; National Association of Women Judges; the Jewish Lawyers Guild (currently serving on the Board of Governors); the Judges And Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert and the National Organization for Women. In addition, she also served in a leadership capacity for the United Jewish Appeal, Auxiliary of Tisch Hospital and the Fordham Law School Advisory Panel. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law.

Administrative Judge Sherry Heitler

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