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Hon. Gerald Lebovits

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New York City Civil Court
111 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
(646) 386-5730

Judicial Offices

Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County, Elected, 2011 to 2021

Judge, Criminal Court of the City of New York, New York County, Appointed, 2011 to 2012

Judge, Housing Court, Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 2001 to 2006; Re-appointed, 2006 to 2010

Other Professional Experience

Columbia Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law, 2010 to Present

Fordham University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, 2011 to Present

New York University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, 2012 to Present

St. John's University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, 2007 to 2012

New York Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law & Moot Court Faculty Advisor, 1989 to 2007

Supreme Court, New York County, Principal Court Attorney, 1986 to 2001

New York City Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, New York County, Staff Attorney, 1982 to 1986

Carleton University Department of Law, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Teaching Assistant, 1975 to 1979

Admission to the Bar

NYS, Appellate Division, First Department, 1981


LL.M. (in Criminal Justice), New York University School of Law, 1986

M.C.L., Tulane University School of Law, 1980

LL.L., University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section (Canada), 1979

Cert., Dalhousie University School of Law (Canada), 1978

Cert., Sherbrooke University School of Law (Canada), 1978

B.A. (Law & Psychology), Carleton University (Canada), 1976


The Legal Writer Column, New York State Bar Journal (Page 64), Monthly Since July 2001

New York Residential Landlord-Tenant Law and Procedure - Co-author, 5th ed. 2012

Small Claims Offers Prompt Adjudication Based on Substantive Law, 70 New York State Bar Journal 6, Dec. 1998

Ethical Judicial Opinion Writing, 21 Georgetown J. Legal Ethics 237, Spring 2008

Judges' Clerks Play Varied Roles in the Opinion Drafting Process, 76 New York State Bar Journal 34, July/Aug. 2004

Authored numerous articles in the Landlord-Tenant Practice Reporter, the New York Real Property Law Journal, and the Landlord-Tenant Monthly, 1997-2011

Advanced Judicial Opinion Writing, New York State Office of Court Administration (7th Ed.), 2005

Suppression Law, Chapter in the New York City Criminal Court Judges' Benchbook, 1996-2005

Authored numerous articles on Family Court, Small Claims, and judicial ethics in the New York Law Journal

Authored numerous articles on criminal law and procedure for the New York State Court System, 1986-2001

Professional & Civic Activities

President, Association of Housing Court Judges, 2009 to 2010

Co-Chair, Committee on Landlord-Tenant Proccedings, New York State Bar Association, 2006 to 2010

Officer (First Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer), Network of Bar Leaders, 1998 to 2001

Chair, Law Program at the New York City High School for the Humanities, for the New York County Lawyers' Association, 1999 to 2002

President, Association of Small Claims Arbitrators, New York City Civil Court, 1996 to 1998

Arbitrator, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1995 to 2001

Special Master, New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term, 1997 to 2001

Chair, Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation for the 1st Department, 1999 to 2001

Secretary, Civil Court Committee, New York City Bar Association, 1999 to 2002

Master, American Inns of Court, 1997 to 2005

Wish Granter, Make-a-Wish Foundation, 1996 to 2001

Divisional Chief Referee, Westside Soccer League, New York City (AYSO), 1998 to 2003