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Date: February 17, 2005

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Hon. John Leventhal Appointed To Appellate Term

NEW YORK - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today designated Hon. John M. Leventhal Associate Justice of the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court, Second and Eleventh Judicial Districts, which hears appeals from the Criminal Court and the Civil Court in Kings, Queens and Richmond Counties. The appointment was made after consultation with Hon. A. Gail Prudenti, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, and will take effect immediately.

In making the appointment, Judge Lippman remarked, “This is a richly deserved appointment for an extraordinary jurist who has served the public with diligence, sensitivity, fairness and compassion. Justice Leventhal was the first judge to preside over the Brooklyn Domestic Violence Court, helping to make it the nationally and internationally acclaimed court that it is today. I am so pleased that New York’s appellate bench will now be able to benefit from his prodigious talents.”

With his ascension to the Appellate Term, Justice Leventhal will fill a vacancy arising from the recent retirement of Hon. Gloria Aronin.

Elected to the State Supreme Court in 1994, Judge Leventhal has served as a Supreme Court Justice in Brooklyn for the past decade. In 1996, he was designated to preside over the Brooklyn Domestic Violence Court, the nation’s first felony domestic violence court, which has been cited for its best practices and observed by jurists and court administrators from across the country and other parts of the world. Since 2001, Justice Leventhal has been given the additional assignment to preside over a guardianship part for alleged incapacitated persons. Judge Leventhal will continue presiding over cases in these two court parts, along with his designation to the Appellate Term court.

Prior to his election to the bench, Judge Leventhal was in private practice from 1982 until 1994 specializing in criminal and civil litigation and appeals. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to his law degree, he also earned a master’s degree in urban affairs from Hunter College.

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