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David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
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Date: June 14, 2006

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Hon. Stephen Bogacz Appointed Queens Family Court Supervising Judge

QUEENS, NY - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman and New York City Family Court Administrative Judge Joseph M. Lauria today announced the appointment of Hon. Stephen J. Bogacz as Supervising Judge of Queens Family Court. The appointment was made by Judge Lippman, in consultation with Presiding Justice A. Gail Prudenti, of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department.

“Stephen Bogacz is an esteemed jurist with nearly three decades of experience in family law practice,” said Chief Administrative Judge Lippman. “He has been a long-standing pillar within the Queens legal community and has a stellar reputation among his colleagues and the bar. With his superb credentials, Judge Bogacz is the ideal candidate to take on the important responsibilities of Family Court Supervising Judge in this borough. I am confident he will bring only credit to the court system in his new role.”

Stephen Bogacz received a law degree from Fordham University School of Law and a master’s degree in political science from Fordham University. After graduation, he was engaged in the private practice of law. He was employed by the New York City Office of the Corporation Counsel, where he served in the Family Court Division for over a decade in various posts, including Queens Borough Chief and First Deputy Chief. In 1995, he was appointed to the New York City Family Court as a judge, serving in Brooklyn for two years and then in Queens until the present. Judge Bogacz authored New York Juvenile Delinquency Practice, as well as numerous articles on criminal and family court matters. He chairs the Juvenile Justice Subcommittee on the Family Court Advisory Council and was the founding chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee for the Queens County Bar Association.

Judge Bogacz will take on the responsibilities of his new position after the current Supervising Judge, Hon. Guy P. DePhillips, retires from the bench on June 30, 2006.

Judge Lippman said further, “I am sincerely grateful to Guy DePhillips for his decades of dedication and service to the courts, and in particular, the Family Court. Judge DePhillips has been an example of integrity, compassion, and judiciousness in dealing with litigants who appeared before him throughout his many years on the bench. He is highly regarded by his colleagues and all sectors of the legal community, and his presence on the bench will be sorely missed. I wish Judge DePhillips the best in his well deserved retirement.”

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