Fordham Law

Fordham Law Alum, Adjunct Professor Named to Judicial Administrative Posts

May 08, 2009

Two New York judges associated with Fordham Law — one an alumnus, another an adjunct professor — were recently appointed to criminal administrative posts within the New York court system.

Alumnus Fernando Camacho '85 and Adjunct Professor Barry Kamins were selected as criminal court administrative judges, Judge Camacho for the borough of Queens and Judge Kamins for Brooklyn. Both of them will also be designated as acting Supreme Court justices.

In their new posts, Judges Camacho and Kamins have to ensure that their respective trial courts, among the busiest in the state, have sufficient resources to function properly. Judge Camacho will supervise 25 Supreme Court justices and 13 lower court judges. Judge Kamins will be responsible for 31 Supreme Court justices and 21 lower court judges.

According to Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau quoted in an article in the New York Law Journal, "The administrative judge really is one of the most important judges in the system. The administrative judge has to focus on what the courts need, has to be somebody who interacts with the judges, who listens to the judges."

Judge Camacho was appointed to the Criminal Court in 1997 and to the Court of Claims in 2008. He succeeds Supreme Court Justice Jeremy Weinstein.

Judge Kamins fills a vacancy created when Governor David A. Paterson appointed the former Brooklyn criminal court administrative judge, L. Priscilla Hall, to the Appellate Division, Second Department. Judge Kamins was president of the New York City Bar Association from 2006 to 2008.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger