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First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks

Lawrence K. Marks has performed a key management, policy and legal role in the state court system for many years.

In April 2012, he was appointed First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, the second-ranking administrative official in the court system.  In that role, he assists the Chief Judge and the Chief Administrative Judge in all aspects of the administration and operation of the Unified Court System.  His responsibilities include working with courts throughout the state in developing programs and strategies to address case backlogs, enhance case processing efficiency and otherwise improve the delivery of justice.  He also supervises the court system’s Office of Policy and Planning, which oversees the state’s problem-solving and specialized courts.

Prior to his current assignment, Judge Marks served from 2004 to 2012 as Administrative Director of the Office of Court Administration, responsible for day-to-day management of that office.  He previously served from 1998 to 2003 as Special Counsel to the Chief Administrative Judge and from 1991 to 1997 as OCA’s Deputy Counsel for Criminal Justice.  Prior to joining the court system, he was a senior supervising attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City, in private practice and a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Thomas C. Platt.

In 2009, he was appointed by Governor David Paterson as a Judge of the Court of Claims.  He was also appointed as an Acting Supreme Court Justice at that time.  In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Judge Marks also handles an active caseload in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County.

Judge Marks is the editor and co-author of New York Pretrial Criminal Procedure (Volume 7 of West’s New York Practice Series), and the author of numerous government reports and several law review articles.  He also has been an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and John Jay College of Criminal Justice graduate program.

He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany (magna cum laude) and Cornell Law School (cum laude), where he was an editor of the law review.

First Deputy Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks

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