Civil Court - 6th District
Q: Why are you qualified to be a judge?
A: I strongly believe that I have a sense of fairness and an unbiased disposition that will serve me well in becoming a member of the judiciary. More importantly, I believe I have the requisite judicial temperament, as well as the need to be impartial when serving the public, to be a judge. I take pride in having a strong work ethic and in being an excellent listener and problem solver. I strive hard to maintaiWhatn high ethical standards, and I seek to resolve matters rather than prolong them. My experience both as a litigator and as a law clerk must be looked at along with my record of community service, as I believe it shows my commitment to being a public servant. While a judge may not participate in many areas of advocacy, s/he cannot approach litigants before him/her in a vacuum. My work in the community has made me aware of the concerns that face it, and various ways of addressing them. I certainly understand and empathize with both practitioners and self-represented litigants, and those who have worked with me as a court attorney have appreciated my professionalism, courtesy and respect in dealing with parties. I believe that I will bring to the bench an ability to deal with all aspects of a court case, and will dedicate my professional life to serve the People of the State of New York.
Q: What interventions and resources do you believe are required to ensure that all judges and court personnel competently and respectfully serve and work with the LGBTQ community? What steps will you take to secure the necessary resources to implement the interventions?
A: I believe continued diversity training in the courts should be a priority. Within the past few years, the court system has made significant strides to address diversity among its personnel, as well as all those who are subject to interaction with the court system, including attorneys and litigants. The creation of the Office of Court Administration's (OCA) Alliance, and the strengthening of OCA's Gender Fairness Committee within all jurisdictions are major strides to the advancement of continued diversity. I believe these organizations should have continued support from top management. I will actively join both organizations, including others, such as the Franklin H Williams Commission, and the Tribune Society, all which focus on continuing to promote diversity in the workplace and beyond, and as an active member, I will continue to advocate for resources, as well as participate in programming established by these committees in an effort to ensure that such programming continues.