2018 Civil Court Independent Screening Panelists Announced

The New York County Democratic Committee is pleased to announce the formationĀ of an Independent Screening Panel on March 5th, 2018, to report on candidates for nomination by the Democratic Party for three vacancies on the New York County Civil Court, which will be filled in the November 6, 2018 general election. The panel will also report on whether the service for the last 10 years of current sitting Civil Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice Frank Nervo merits his continuation in office. The panel has received 25 designees from participating bar associations, law schools, and community groups, demonstrating the extensive outreach on behalf the Manhattan Democratic Party to the legal community and the vitality of the civil society surrounding the judiciary here in Manhattan. The panelists will review applicants to the Civil Court and report out those candidates they deem to be most qualified for election to the Civil Court. The designees and their designating organizations are as follows:

Joseph French, Brehon Law Society

Colleen M. Meenan, National Employment Lawyers Association/NY

Devi Vairavan, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys

Schuyler Carroll, New York City Bar Association

Joam Alisme, New York Law School

Dana Stutman, American Academy of Matrimonial Law

Song Kim, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Anais Aguilar-Schiro, Columbian Lawyers Association

Inie Park, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York

Tiffany Femiano, MFY Legal Services

Evelyn Gong, Asian Bar Association of New York

Pamela B. Goldsmith, The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (Le-Gal)

Sean Farrow, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Tina Wells, New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Allison Hobbs, Association of Black Women Attorneys

David Kaminsky, Jewish Lawyers Guild

Carlos Mulles, Dominican Bar Association

Stanley Gleaton, Mid Manhattan Branch of the NAACP

Benjamin Metsch, Fortune Society

Ruben Stepanian, Armenian Bar Association

Carolyn M. Caccese, Women’s Trial Lawyers Caucus

Kimberly Warner, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation

Brandon Hicks, National Action Network


On May 1, 2018, the Independent Judicial Screening Panel for Civil Court reported the following candidates as most highly qualified for two (2) county-wide Civil Court vacancies and a single vacancy in the 5th Civil Court District:

Shahabuddeen Ally
Lawrence Bosley
Ariel Chesler
Erik Gray
Hilary Gingold
Elsa Marie Hampton
Elyssa Kates
Ilana Marcus
Valentina Morales
Nicholas Moyne
Grace Park
Robert Rosenthal

Thank you to the panel and its administrator for their diligent work.

Curtis Arluck and Louise Dankberg
Co-Chairs, Judiciary Committee