Mayor Adams Throws Down The Gavel And Appoints Four New Faces To The Judicial Bench

February 16, 2024

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced four judicial appointments to Family Court, Criminal Court, and Civil Court.

Specifically, Mayor Adams appointed two Family Court judges, one Criminal Court judge, and one interim Civil Court judge. 

“Public safety and justice go hand in hand, and the judges I’m appointing today will help us deliver both for New Yorkers as we build a more prosperous city for all,” said Mayor Adams. “I’m grateful for the work they’ve done throughout their illustrious careers, and I’m looking forward to their continued service.” 

“The city’s judiciary plays an essential role in ensuring our justice system is fair and effective,” said City Hall Chief Counsel Lisa Zornberg. “We thank these talented and dedicated judges for their service.” 

Mayor Adams appointed the following judges to Family Court: 

Judge Michael Liddie was appointed as a Family Court judge in January 2024. After graduating from law school, Judge Liddie joined the John Jay College of Criminal Justice as director of the Rikers Island Extension Associate Degree Program and served as a deputy labor designee before establishing his own solo practice. He maintained his practice for approximately 12 years before joining the New York City Department of Correction as an agency attorney and then as executive agency counsel. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Liddie served with the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services as a senior policy advisor to the deputy commissioner of facilities management.  

Judge Rantideva Singh was appointed as a Family Court judge in January 2024. Prior to attaining his law degree, Judge Singh was a police officer with the New York City Police Department. Judge Singh began his legal career as a document review and real estate attorney before joining public service as an agency attorney supervisor for the New York City Department of Homeless Services. Thereafter, he joined the New York City Administration for Children’s Services as an agency attorney, after which he served as an administrative law judge for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. He has also served as an immigration judge for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review and as an administrative law judge for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. He later returned to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, where he continued to serve as an administrative law judge. Judge Singh was serving as a court attorney referee presiding in Surrogate’s Court, Kings County prior to his appointment to the bench.  

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Mayor Adams appointed the following judge to Criminal Court: 

Judge Samuel David was appointed as a Criminal Court judge in January 2024. Prior to attending law school, Judge David worked as a program associate at Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C. After graduating law school, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Thereafter, he briefly worked as a commercial litigation associate with King & Spalding LLP. For 17 years, Judge David served with the New York County District Attorney’s Office with assignments in Trial Bureau 80 and the specialized Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes Units. He has served as deputy bureau chief of Trial Bureau 50 and, most recently, prior to his appointment to the bench, he was the chief of Trial Bureau 80.  

Mayor Adams appointed the following judge to Civil Court: 

Judge Julieta Lozano was appointed as an interim Civil Court judge in January 2024 and has been serving in Criminal Court. Judge Lozano was a former Queens County assistant district attorney. She has also served in the Office of the New York Attorney General, Criminal Prosecutions Bureau within the Division of Criminal Justice, and later as chief of the Environmental Crimes Unit She eventually became the deputy attorney general of the Division of Criminal Justice before joining the State of New York Executive Chamber as assistant director of policy and then assistant secretary for the environment. Judge Lozano briefly joined a private firm before returning to public service with the New York County District Attorney’s Office in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she held titles including deputy bureau chief and special assistant U.S. attorney, and bureau chief of the Major Economic Crimes Bureau.

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