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Date: October 4, 1999

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Joseph Lauria Named Administrative Judge of NYC Family Court
NEW YORK - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the appointment of Hon. Joseph M. Lauria as the Administrative Judge for the New York City Family Court, effective October 14, 1999. Judge Lauria will replace Hon. Michael Gage, who announced her plans to retire from the bench last month.

The appointment was made with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and after consultation with Appellate Division Presiding Justices Betty Weinberg Ellerin and Guy J. Mangano of the First and Second Judicial Departments, respectively.

"Judge Lauria has over two decades of experience in the area of family law and has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the Family Court," said Judge Lippman. "As the Supervising Judge for the Family Court in Brooklyn and Staten Island, Judge Lauria has shown himself to be an outstanding administrator, garnering the respect of his colleagues on the bench and the legal community. I have every confidence that he will infuse his new assignment with the energy and resourcefulness which have marked his judicial career."

Judge Lippman added, "I want to extend my sincere gratitude to Judge Michael Gage for her dedication to the courts and superb service as Administrative Judge for the New York City Family Court during the past four years. The Family Court underwent momentous change during this time, as court proceedings became open to the public, and Judge Gage played a vital role in steering the court smoothly through this period and developing the court system's Family Justice initiatives. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors."

Judge Lauria is currently the Supervising Judge of the Family Court in Kings and Richmond Counties and has been a Family Court judge for over a decade. Prior to his judicial tenure, he was a solo practitioner in the area of family and criminal law and the Chief of the Criminal Court and Family Court bureaus for the Queens District Attorney's Office. Judge Lauria chairs the Second Judicial Department's Law Guardian Advisory Committee and is a member of the State Permanent Commission on Justice for Children and the state court system's Family Court Advisory Council. He received his bachelor's degree from Long Island University and his law degree from New York Law School and Southern Methodist University Law School. Judge Lauria is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and is married with one son.
 

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