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Bruna L. DiBiase

Office of the Chief of Policy and Planning New York State Courts
Chief of Staff
New York, NY, USA


Bruna DiBiase is the Chief of Staff to Judge Kluger, Chief of Policy and Planning for New York State's Unified Court System and oversees the operation of the office.  Ms. DiBiase works closely with Judge Kluger to study and develop court policies and strategies throughout the state. In addition to implementing policy development and system-wide court reform, the office also oversees Grants, Foreclosure Parts and Problem-Solving Courts around the state.  

Prior to her current position, Ms. DiBiase served as Counsel and then as Chief of Staff to Judge Kluger when she was appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Court Operations and Planning for New York State in 2003. Initiatives of the office included the creation of Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, Domestic Violence Courts, Youthful Offender Domestic Violence Courts, Drug Courts, Mental Health Courts, Sex Offense Courts, Community Court initiatives and facilitating public access to court records and court reorganization projects. Under the direction of the office, more than 300 Problem-Solving Courts in New York State were planned and implemented. As counsel, Ms. DiBiase addressed legal, legislative, operational and training issues for judges and court staff, and provided guidance in the restructuring projects spearheaded by the office.
Ms. DiBiase served as the Chief Court Attorney of the Law Department of the New York City Criminal Court from 2000 to 2003 and supervised the operation of the Law Department in each of the five boroughs of the City of New York. From 1998 to 2000, she served as the Supervising Court Attorney for Queens Criminal Court working with the Hon. Seymour Rotker, who was the Supervising Judge at the time. Before joining the court system, she was in private practice from 1991-1998 and she was a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division, from 1984-1991.

As Chief Court Attorney to the New York City Criminal Court, she coordinated the Judicial Orientation Training Program for New Judges, the Orientation Program for Judicial Hearing Officers assigned to the Criminal Courts and implemented a Court Attorney Training Program that was certified as Continuing Legal Educational Program. Under the direction of Judge Kluger, she also served as editor for the Bench Book for Judges Assigned to the New York City Criminal Court and proposed a plea by mail procedure for local court summonses, among other court initiatives.

Ms. DiBiase is an active member of numerous Bar Associations including the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York where she has served on the Criminal Law and Domestic Violence Committees, the Queens County Bar Association and the Network of Bar Leaders. In addition she is a Past President of the Queens County Women's Bar Association, a Past President of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Queens County and a board member for the Queens County Catholic Lawyers Association. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award presented by the American Committee on Italian Migration.   Ms. DiBiase works closely with numerous other offices within the New York State Office of Court Administration in planning and implementing new initiatives. Ms. DiBiase is also a member of several committees and advisory boards and has presented at numerous judicial conferences in New York State as well as national and international conferences in Washington D.C., Canada and London, England. She has also been honored as one of the 2008 Top Women in Queens County. Ms. DiBiase is the mother of three children. 

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