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Date: February 13, 2008

Hon. Ann Pfau
Chief Administrative Judge

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New Administrative Judge of Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term, Appointed

NEW YORK – Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau today announced the designation of Hon. L. Priscilla Hall as Administrative Judge of the State Supreme Court, Criminal Term, Kings County. The appointment was made with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and after consultation with Presiding Justice A. Gail Prudenti of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Judge Hall will replace Hon. Neil Firetog, who has announced he has stepped down as Administrative Judge to return to the Supreme Court trial bench.

“Judge Hall is a highly skilled jurist who has served on the bench for more than two decades. She possesses extensive experience and expertise in a number of trial courts – including Criminal Court, Court of Claims and, currently, State Supreme Court – and is superbly qualified to take on the responsibilities of her new role. I look forward to working with Judge Hall and welcome the boundless knowledge of the law and steadfast devotion to justice she brings to Kings County’s courts,” said Judge Pfau. “I also want to thank Judge Firetog for his contributions to the court over the last four years. He leaves behind a tradition of efficiency, hard work and innovation. I am grateful that he will continue to serve the court system and the public from the Kings County Supreme Court trial bench.”

Hon. L. Priscilla Hall was appointed to the bench in 1986 as a New York City Criminal Court judge. She was designated an Acting State Supreme Court Justice and Court of Claims judge four years later, and was elected to the State Supreme Court in 1994. A graduate of Columbia University School of Law, Judge Hall began her legal career as an attorney for General Electric and later served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office; Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Department of Law; and Inspector General of the New York City Human Resources Administration. From 2001 to 2004, she also was an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law. In addition to the courts of New York, Judge Hall is admitted to practice before the United States District Court of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the Capital Cases Judicial Resource Committee, The New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and the Oversight Committee for Criminal Defense Organizations for the Appellate Division, Second Department. Judge Hall earned her undergraduate degree at Howard University.

The appointment is effective immediately.

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