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Biography of Justice Emily Pines

JUSTICE EMILY PINES was elected to the New York State Supreme Court for the Tenth Judicial District (Nassau and Suffolk Counties) in November, 2001. She served previously as a Suffolk District Court Judge from January, 1999. Justice Pines graduated, with distinction, in 1976 from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was granted the first award for Scholarship and Service to the School.

Justice Pines practiced law for over twenty-two years, with emphasis in the fields of municipal and commercial litigation. During this period, she had a varied career in public service, as staff counsel for the NYS Public Service Commission, Deputy Bureau Chief for the Commercial Litigation Division in the NYC Department of Law, Deputy County Attorney for Suffolk County and Town Attorney for the Town of Brookhaven.

In 1983, the New York City Bar Association awarded Justice Pines the honor of Municipal Attorney of the Year, where she was selected from over 500 municipal lawyers for work she completed in revising and defending the City’s construction contracts.

Justice Pines is a member of the Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions, NY State Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association and Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association. She has been an adjunct professor at Touro Law School and lectures for the New York State Bar Association and the Suffolk Academy of Law.