Date: May 6, 2009
Hon. Ann Pfau
New Appointments of Administrative Judges in New York City
NEW YORK – Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau today announced the appointments of four new Administrative Judges in New York City: Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix and Hon. Barry Kamins as Administrative Judges of the State Supreme Court, Kings County, Civil and Criminal Terms, respectively; Hon. Efrain Alvarado as Administrative Judge of the State Supreme Court, Bronx County, Criminal Term; and Hon. Fernando Camacho as Administrative Judge of the State Supreme Court, Queens County, Criminal Term. The appointments were made with the approval of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and in consultation with Presiding Justices Luis A. Gonzalez and A. Gail Prudenti for the appointments in their respective judicial departments.
In announcing the appointments, Judge Pfau said, “We are very fortunate that these exceptionally capable judges will be joining our administrative team in New York City. In assuming leadership responsibilities in some of the state’s busiest courts, they will play a critical role in Chief Judge Lippman’s efforts to direct attention and resources to the operations of the trial courts. I am so pleased that they have agreed to take on these assignments during this particularly challenging period for the court system.”
Justice Hinds-Radix relieves Hon. Abraham Gerges, who had been serving in an acting capacity as Administrative Judge of Brooklyn Supreme Court, Civil Term; Judge Kamins fills a vacancy arising from the appointment of Hon. Priscilla Hall to the Appellate Division, Second Department; Judge Alvarado succeeds Hon. John Collins, who this year reaches the maximum age for an Administrative Judge; and Judge Camacho relieves Hon. Jeremy Weinstein, Administrative Judge of Queens Supreme Court, Civil Term, of what had been his additional, temporary responsibilities as Acting Administrative Judge of the Criminal Term.
Judge Pfau added, “I am deeply grateful to Judges Priscilla Hall and John Collins for their exemplary service as Administrative Judges. They provided effective supervision of two of New York’s top criminal courts, and their dedication to their responsibilities set an impressive standard for leadership. I am also extremely grateful to Judges Gerges and Weinstein, who carried out their temporary assignments with extraordinary diligence and skill.”
Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix earned her law degree at Howard University. She worked for over 15 years on the legal staff of District Council 37. She was elected to the New York City Civil Court in 2001, and to the Supreme Court in 2004. Justice Hinds-Radix is a member of the National Association of Women Judges and the New York State Association of Supreme Court Justices, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Protestant Board of Guardians.
Judge Barry Kamins began his legal career in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, where he eventually served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau before entering private practice in 1973. A graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, Judge Kamins is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn and Fordham law schools and has written extensively on criminal law topics. He served as President of the New York City Bar Association from 2006-2008.
Hon. Efrain Alvarado earned his law degree at New York University, and then served for more than a decade in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. He was appointed to the New York City Criminal Court in 1988, and was named an Acting State Supreme Court Justice in 1994, and has been assigned since then to Bronx Supreme Court. Judge Alvarado has served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College since 1998.
Judge Fernando Camacho worked as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors, including the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the law firm Balsam, Felber and Fabian. He was appointed to the Criminal Court in 1997, and to the Court of Claims in 2008. Since 2008, he has sat in the Queens County Integrated Domestic Violence Court. He is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law.
The appointments are effective immediately.