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Date: April 4, 2012

Hon. A. Gail Prudenti
Chief Administrative Judge

Seal of the Unified Court System

Hon. Lawrence K. Marks Named First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge

NEW YORK –Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti today designated Hon. Lawrence K. Marks to serve as First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, the second-highest ranking administrative position within the New York State Judiciary. The appointment was made in consultation with the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Division and with the approval of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.

In this new assignment, Judge Marks will work closely with and assist Chief Administrative Judge Prudenti in all aspects of the management and operation of the Unified Court System. In carrying out that role, he will be devoting particular attention to working with the Deputy Chief Administrative Judges and the local Administrative Judges in developing case management and other strategies aimed at more efficiently moving cases and eliminating backlogs in this time of formidable caseloads and diminished resources.

The position of First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge was last held by Hon. Ann Pfau, who vacated the post in 2007 upon her appointment as Chief Administrative Judge. Judge Marks will continue to fulfill his role as Administrative Director of the Office of Court Administration in addition to his new duties as First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge.

“Over the course of an outstanding court career that spans two decades, Judge Marks has contributed to New York’s Judiciary in immeasurable ways, providing invaluable administrative leadership, playing a key role in the implementation of numerous reforms that have enhanced the court system’s efficiency and accessibility, and proving himself a resourceful court administrator in these tough fiscal times,” said Judge Prudenti, announcing the appointment. “For the past three years, he has done a remarkable job balancing the dual roles of court administrator and sitting jurist, presiding over civil and criminal matters in Supreme Court while also maintaining the critical post of Administrative Director of the Office of Court Administration, a position charged with the day-to-day management of an office that provides vital support to the state’s courts. His superb managerial skills and legal acumen, combined with his deep understanding of the workings of the courts, make Judge Marks ideally suited for this important position. I am grateful that he has agreed to take on the additional challenges of this difficult assignment, without additional compensation-- particularly with regard to addressing case backlogs -- and look forward to working closely with him in this new role.”

Judge Lippman stated, “I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Judge Marks for many years and know firsthand his many talents, tireless work ethic and outstanding character. He is an accomplished judge and administrator who during his distinguished career has taken on progressively greater challenges, helping implement many court system initiatives. New York’s Judiciary will continue to benefit from his abilities, vast experience and intimate knowledge of the complexities of the court system as he assumes this important post. I am delighted with this appointment and am confident that Judge Marks will be as successful in this new role as in every other assignment he has undertaken.”

Judge Marks has served as OCA’s Administrative Director since 2004. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor David Paterson to the Court of Claims, and was also designated an Acting Supreme Court Justice. Judge Marks joined the Unified Court System in 1991 as OCA’s Criminal Justice Counsel. From 1998 to 2003, he served as Special Counsel to the Chief Administrative Judge. Prior to his employment with the court system, Judge Marks 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 the editor and co-author of New York Pretrial Criminal Procedure (volume 7 of West’s New York Practice Series), and the author of numerous government reports and several law review articles. He has also been an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice graduate program. He earned his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany and his law degree from Cornell Law School.

His appointment is effectively immediately.

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