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The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Mentor Program Hosts a Mentoring Workshop


Hon. Joanne D. Quiñones, Chair of the FHW Judicial Mentor Program


On September 3, 2020, the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission held a virtual mentoring workshop for judges seeking to serve as mentors to attorneys aspiring to the bench. The workshop focused on the importance of mentoring to promote the Commission's goal to ensure equal justice within the court system. The speakers included the Co-Chairs of the Commission, Hon. Troy K. Webber, Appellate Division, First Department, and Hon. Shirley Troutman, Appellate Division, Fourth Department; Hon. Karen Lupuloff, Supervising Judge of New York County Family Court and a current and former mentor with the Commission; and Hon. Joanne D. Quiñones, Chair of the Commission's Judicial Mentor Program Committee and a former mentee of the Commission who was mentored by Judge Lupuloff. The Judicial Mentorship Program, established more than a decade ago, pairs sitting judges with attorneys who are interested in becoming judges, either by appointment or by election. To date, there have been over 50 judges who have expressed interest in serving as mentors. Attorneys have also been submitting their request forms and the Judicial Mentor Committee will begin pairing mentors and mentees within the next few weeks. The Mentorship Committee, chaired by Judge Quiñones , includes as members Hon. Craig D. Hannah, Hon. Shahabuddeen A. Ally, Hon. Michael Carlós Lopez, L. Austin D’Souza, Esq., and Lauren A. Jones, Esq. The committee is still accepting mentor and mentee requests. Visit the Commission’s website at for more information on how to apply.


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