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Beginning in July 1, 2017, the Honorable Edwina G. Mendelson became Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for the New York State Unified Court System’s Office for Justice Initiatives. Judge Mendelson is charged with directing the New York State Courts’ Access to Justice Program, as well as leading child welfare and juvenile and adolescent justice initiatives, including implementation of recent legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York. The Office for Justice Initiatives will work closely with the Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, as well as with the Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities, the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), the Division of Technology, the Forms Committees, the Grants Office, the Office of Language Access, and law schools.

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