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Biography of Justice Lawrence K. Marks

Justice MarksJudge Lawrence K. Marks was appointed to the Court of Claims by Governor David Paterson in 2009. He was also appointed as an Acting Supreme Court Justice at that time. Judge Marks has been a Commercial Division judge since January 2011, sitting first in Nassau County and now in New York County.

In addition to presiding over an active commercial part, Judge Marks is also the First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, the second-ranking administrative position in the state court system. In that role, he assists the Chief Judge and the Chief Administrative Judge in all aspects of the administration and operation of the state courts. His responsibilities include working with the administrative judges throughout the state in developing programs and strategies to better manage caseloads and address case backlogs.

Judge Marks previously served as Administrative Director of the Office of Court Administration, as Special Counsel to the Chief Administrative Judge and as OCA's Deputy Counsel for Criminal Justice.

Prior to joining the court system, he was a senior supervising attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City, in private practice and a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Thomas C. Platt.

Judge Marks is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany (magna cum laude) and Cornell Law School (cum laude), where he was an editor of the law review.

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