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Biography of Justice Jeffrey K. Oing


Justice OingJustice Jeffrey K. Oing was elected to Supreme Court of the State of New York on November 2, 2010, and took office on January 1, 2011. Justice Oing presides over a general IA Part with a case inventory of approximately 500 cases. He handles jury and nonjury trials involving personal injury, commercial, and governmental matters. On April 7, 2011, Justice Oing was assigned to the Commercial Division. In addition to his responsibilities in the Commercial Division, he will continue to preside over his current IA Part inventory. Prior to his election to Supreme Court, Justice Oing was an elected New York County Civil Court Judge from 2004 to 2010. On June 18, 2009, Justice Oing was appointed Supervising Judge of the New York County Civil Court, and was designated an Acting Supreme Court Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. As Supervising Judge, Justice Oing was responsible for the day-to-day Civil Court operations at 111 Centre Street. In addition to his supervisory duties, Justice Oing presided over jury and nonjury trials, as well as conferencing and mediating cases.

In 2002-2003, Justice Oing served as Deputy General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, The Council of the City of New York, overseeing litigation and legal matters involving the City Council. During that year, he was appointed by Speaker Gifford Miller to the post of Deputy Director for the New York City Districting Commission, where he was responsible for assisting the Districting Commission in redistricting the City's fifty-one City Council districts, and for obtaining from the United States Department of Justice preclearance under the Voting Rights Act for these council districts.

Justice Oing has over twenty years of legal and administrative experience, the majority of which has been in public service. Between 1993 and 2002, he held various positions in the NYS Supreme Court. From 1993 to 1995, Justice Oing served as Court Attorney in the NYS Supreme Court (New York County). He also served as Law Secretary to Justice Marylin G. Diamond (1995-1998) and to Justice Walter B. Tolub (2000-2002). Between 1998 and 2000, Justice Oing was a Principal Appellate Court Attorney in the Appellate Division, First Department. In those positions, he had the opportunity to assist in authoring major decisions ranging from contract law to constitutional law.

Before coming to the NYS Supreme Court, Justice Oing spent several years in private practice concentrating on commercial litigation. In the midst of private practice, he served a brief stint as Assistant Counsel to New Jersey Governor Jim Florio. Prior to entering private practice, Justice Oing began his legal career as judicial law clerk to Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. During his clerkship, he worked on Abbott v. Burke, a major education funding case in which the Court held that New Jersey's education funding formula was unconstitutional because it denied poorer urban school districts a "thorough and efficient" education as mandated by the state's constitution.

Justice Oing received his B.A. in English from Columbia College (1986), and his J.D. from New York University School of Law (1989). At NYU, he was a staff editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics. Justice Oing serves on the board of directors of The Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc., a not-for-profit social services, educational and planning organization serving the City's Asian communities. Other memberships include: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York State Bar Association; New York County Lawyers' Association; Asian American Bar Association of New York; NYS Women's Bar Association; Jewish Lawyers Guild; and The Brehon Law Society.

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