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Hon. Carolyn E. Demarest

Hon. Carolyn E. Demarest


New York, NY, USA

Justice Carolyn Demarest received her BA from New York University and her JD from New York Law School where she served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review. She began her practice in 1972 as an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Justice Demarest served for seven years as Assistant Chief of the Appeals Division of the New York City Law Department prior to her interim appointment by Mayor Koch to the Civil Court of the City of New York in 1983. In 1985, Mayor Koch appointed Justice Demarest to the Family Court of the State of New York where she continued to serve until her appointment to the Supreme Court by Governor Mario Cuomo in 1990. In 1991, Justice Demarest was elected to the New York Supreme Court. As a Supreme Court Justice, Justice Demarest has been assigned to both criminal and civil IAS Parts, and has presided over a wide diversity of cases, including torts, commercial, matrimonial, and medical malpractice cases. She is one of the judges designated to handle capital and complex cases in the Criminal Term. Since 1989, Justice Demarest has served on the Civil Law and Skills Curriculum Committees for the annual Judicial Seminars and is the editor and an author of the Kings County Criminal Term Manual. She is also a frequent lecturer for State Bar Association CLE courses and was a member of the New York State Bar Association Task Force on CLE. She has served on many City Bar Association committees and is currently the Chair of the City Bar Council on Judicial Administration. Justice Demarest is one of two justices designated to develop and preside over the Commercial Division in Kings County which opened in December 2002. Justice Demarest retired from the judiciary at the end of August 2016 and has joined JAMS to serve as a neutral and is available for mediations and arbitrations.

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