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Date: February 23, 2007

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Hon. Ariel E. Belen Appointed Administrative Judge of Brooklyn Supreme Court, Civil Term

BROOKLYN, NY - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Ariel Belen as Administrative Judge of the State Supreme Court, Civil Term, Kings County. The appointment, effective immediately, was made with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and in consultation with Presiding Justice A. Gail Prudenti of the Appellate Division, Second Department.

“In his 12 years on the bench, Judge Belen has displayed a strong and unwavering commitment to the delivery of justice. His wide breadth of experience and superb judicial skills have earned him the respect of his peers on both the bench and the bar. I have every confidence that Judge Belen is the right choice for this important and challenging position.” Judge Lippman said. “I would also like to thank Judge Theodore Jones for his scholarship, fairness and temperament in leading the court, and congratulate him on his appointment to the position of Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals. It is a richly deserved honor and I wish Judge Jones the very best.”

Hon. Ariel Belen has been a Supreme Court Justice in Brooklyn since 1995. After earning his Juris Doctor with specialization in International Legal Affairs degree at Cornell Law School, Judge Belen practiced criminal law for several years before becoming a Supervising Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York. He then joined the New York City Law Department, where he served as Assistant Corporation Counsel; Deputy Chief of the Brooklyn Tort Division; and Chief of the Bronx Borough Office. Since his election to the Kings County Supreme Court, Judge Belen has presided over criminal, civil and complex commercial cases. He was appointed an Associate Justice, Supreme Court, Appellate Term for the Second and Eleventh Districts in 2005. Judge Belen is Vice Chair of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission on Minorities. He is also a member of Cornell University Council, the National Programs Committee at the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center, and is a cofounder of the Cervantes Society. The Judge is the co-author of New York Trial Notebook.


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