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Hon. Barbara Jaffe

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Supreme Court of the State of New York, Civil Term
60 Centre Street
New York, NY 10007
(646) 386-3273

Judicial Offices

Acting Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, 2010 to Present

Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, Elected, 2002 to 2011; Re-elected, 2012 to 2021

Other Professional Experience

NYS Unified Court System, Principal Court Atty to Justice Marcy L. Kahn, 1995 to 2002

Capital Cases Judicial Resource Comm., Member, 1998 to 2002

NYS Unified Court System, Principal Court Atty to Acting Justice Jay Gold, 1986 to 1995

The Legal Aid Society, Associate Appellate Counsel, 1984 to 1986

Admission to the Bar

NYS, Appellate Division, First Department, 1985

US Supreme Court, 1991


JD, Brooklyn Law School, 1984

MA, Syracuse University, 1981

BA, Syracuse University, 1974


Art Law: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers, & Artists (4th ed.), (book Review, NYLJ, Dec. 10, 2012, at 6)

Finding the Uncommon Deal, (book review, NYLJ, Apr. 8, 2011, at 6)

Visions of 'Justice', 15 Green Bag 2d 209 (Winter 2012) http//ww.greenbag.org/v15n2/v15ns_review_jaffe.pdf

What's a Renoir Authenticity Case Doing in a Small Claims Court Like This?, Cultural Heritage and Arts Review (Vol. 2, issue 1, Summer 2011) http://www.asil.org/pdfs/char/char3/13/2013review3/13/20131106.pdf

The Art of Execution: Pictures and Punishment in Western Culture: The Aesthetic Image of Public Execution and its Impact on Criminal Justice: William Hogarth and the law Relating to Capital Punishment in Eighteenth Century England, 15 Law and Literature 2, Summer 2003

The Condemned, the Tinkerers and the Machinery of Death: Capital Punishment in New York before 1965, Welcome and Acknowledgments, 38 Crim.L.Bull. 524, Sept. - Oct. 2002

Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America, (book review), New York Law Journal, Mar. 14, 2000, at 2, col 3, March 14, 2002

Winning in Small Claims Court: A Step-by-Step Guide for Trying Your Own Small Claims Cases, (book review), New York Law Journal, Aug 13, 1999, at 2, col 3, Aug. 13, 1999

Sexual Assault Reform Act of 1999, (section proposing an amendment to Criminal Procedure Law Sec 140 pertaining to police/citizen street encounters), The Record (New York City Bar Assn)

Should 22 NYCRR 208.41(f) Be Amended to Permit All Parties to Appear by Attorneys in the Small Claims Part?, New York County Lawyers Association Newsletter

Professional & Civic Activities

Member, New York State Bar Assn, 1984- ; Exec. Comm., Entertainment, Art, Sports Law Section

Member, New York City Bar Assn, 1986- ; Member, Nominating Comm., 2005; Delegate, NYSBA House of Delegates, 2002-04; Art Law Comm., 2009-12

Member, New York County Lawyers' Assn, 1984- ; Founding Faculty, Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute; Pro Bono Comm., 2012- ; Supreme Court Comm., 2012- ; Co-Chair, Civil Court Practice Section, 2003-06; Member, Justice Center Advisory Bd., 2004-05

Bd. Of Directors, JALBCA

President, Assn of Arbitrators of the Small Claims Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York, 1994-96

Member, Natl Assn of Women Judges

Member, Bd. of Directors, New York Women's Bar Assn, 2002-03; Co-Chair Professional Ethics and Discipline Comm., 2009

Member, Bd. of Advisers, Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza