Communications Office:
David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
(212) 428-2500

Date: March 26, 2003

Seal of the Unified Court System
New York City Housing Court Judge Appointed
Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman announced the appointment of three new Housing Court Judges: Inez Muñiz-Hoyos, Lydia Lai and John Lansden. Judge Lansden's appointment is effective on March 27, 2003, and Judges Muñiz-Hoyos and Lai will be appointed on April 10, 2003.

Judge Muñiz-Hoyos has worked in the Bronx District Attorney's Office from 1986, primarily in the Narcotics Bureau. She is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Brooklyn Law School. Judge Lai has served as a counsel with the Office of Court Administration from 1996 to the present, and previously served in the New York County Supreme Court's Law Department from 1992 to 1996. She is a graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island and the University of California School of Law in Los Angeles. Judge Lansden has been a court attorney with Housing Court Judge Timmie Elsner since 2001. Previously he was in private practice with Penn, Proefriedt, Schwarzfeld and Schwartz; Horing Welikson and Rosen; and Rosenberg and Estis. Judge Lansden also served as the owner's representative on the New York City Loft Board from 1995 through 2001. He is a graduate of Connecticut College and St. John's University Law School.