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Hon. Barry M. Kamins

New York State Unified Court System
Chief of Policy and Planning
New York, NY, USA

The Honorable Barry Kamins is Chief of Policy and Planning for the Unified Court System and Administrator of the Criminal Court of the City of New York. He was appointed a Criminal Court Judge by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on September 11, 2008 and was elevated to Acting Supreme Court Justice on May 6, 2009. From 2009 to 2013 he was Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Second Judicial District. He was elected a Supreme Court Justice, effective January 1, 2013.

Judge Kamins is the former President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He co-chairs the Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure for the Chief Administrative Judge of New York, as well as the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission. The Commission was established in October 2010 by Chief Judge Jonathan  Lippman and is charged with evaluating sentencing laws and recommending reforms on sentencing policy, statewide.

Judge Kamins is a member and special advisor to the New York State Justice Task Force, established in 2009 by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. The Task Force is the only judicially created, permanent body in the nation to address wrongful convictions. Judge Kamins also chaired the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on Wrongful Convictions.

Judge Kamins is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School and Ford ham Law School where he teaches New York criminal procedure. He is the author of New York Search and Seizure, a leading treatise on the Fourth Amendment. Judge Kamins also writes the Criminal Law and Practice Column for the New York Law Journal.

He is currently a member of the New York Law Journal Board of Editors, the New York State Bar Association Journal's Board of Editors and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of the Courts of New York State. Judge Kamins is past Chairman of the Grievance Committee of the 2°d and 11th Judicial Districts. In addition, he is a former member of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board.
From 1969 to 1973, Judge Kamins served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County where he was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau. Before his appointment to the bench, he was a partner in Flamhaft Levy Kamins Hirsch & Rendeiro, LLP.

Judge Kamins lectures extensively on criminal law for the Office of Court Administration and to prosecutors and defense attorneys. Over the years, he has served on several committees to address issues in the criminal justice system: the Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services; the Commission on Drugs and the Courts; the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System; the Committee on Guidelines for Representation of Indigent Defendants; the New York State Task Force on Processing Civilian Complaints by the New York City Criminal Court; and the Assigned Counsel Plan Advisory Committee of the Appellate Division, Second Department.

He received a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School.


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