By David Brand
Retired Justice Jeffrey Lebowitz was reappointed chair of the Second Department Judicial Screening Committee by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Aug. 12.
Lebowitz was a judge for 20 years and now serves as special counsel to Jaspan Schlesinger LLP in the firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Groups.
He previously presided in the Queens Supreme Court Matrimonial Part for six years before taking over the first Criminal/Civil hybrid court in New York City history.
As a member of the screening committee, Lebowitz will assist with evaluating the qualifications of candidates for appointments or designations to judicial office across New York.
The responsibilities include the certification of judges who reach age 70 and wish to extend their time in office, interim appointments to vacate judicial offices and appointments to the Appellate Division. The role also entails a position on the statewide panel that recommends appointments to the Court of Claims.