January 22, 2020

The New York County Democratic Committee has announced the formation of an Independent Screening Panel to report on candidates for the nomination of the Democratic Party for New York County Civil Court and/or 1st Municipal Civil Court District vacancies, which will be voted on in the November general election. The heads of numerous bar associations, community organizations and law schools have been invited to nominate members of the panel, which will be directed to report no more than three of the most highly qualified candidates for any vacancies.

Interested candidates for the Court may obtain applications from Mr. Kyle Ishmael, the Executive Director of the New York County Democratic Committee, via email at manhattandems@gmail.com beginning immediately. The deadline for submitting completed applications via email is January 29th at 5:00PM. Questions concerning this year’s panel should be directed to Mr. Ishmael via email or the New York County Democratic Committee office at (212) 687-6540.

The panel designees and their designating organizations are as follows:
Armenian Bar Association | Taline Sahakian
Columbian Lawyers Association | Ralph Cosentino
Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York | Steve Fils-Aime
Jewish Lawyers Guild | Eric Buckvar
Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York | Richard In
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) | K. Scott Kohanowski
Mid Manhattan Branch of the NAACP | Charles Johnson
New York State Trial Lawyers Association | Fred Schulman
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation | Laura Steven
Women’s Trial Lawyers Caucus | Victoria Wickman
Asian American Bar Association of New York | Eric Lee
Metropolitan Black Bar Association | Lance Clark
Asian Americans for Equality | Siuling Pun