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Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan

The Supreme Court of the State of New York
Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases
New York, NY, USA

Justice Deborah A. Kaplan is the Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases.  In this capacity, she is working to refine practices and promote better outcomes in  family violence matters, and is also charged with developing initiatives to improve how cases involving older New Yorkers, including allegations of elder abuse, are handled. In addition to this position, Justice Kaplan continues to preside over a matrimonial part. Justice Kaplan was elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York in November of 2001, and was assigned to New York City Criminal Court. She then served as an Acting Supreme Court Justice from 2007 through 2011.  In November, 2011, she was elected to the Supreme Court. Prior to taking the bench, Justice Kaplan served as Chief Management Analyst and Project Counsel to the Honorable Joseph J. Traficanti, Jr., Deputy Chief Administrative Judge and Director of the Office of Court Drug Treatment Programs (ret.). Previously, she served as the Principal Court Attorney to the Honorable Juanita Bing Newton, then New York’s Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives, and was a senior trial lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, where in 1996, she received the Orison S. Marden Award, the Legal Aid Society’s highest honor.

Justice Kaplan has served as Chair of the Criminal Court of the City of New York’s Gender Fairness Committee, and currently Co-Chairs the Gender Fairness Committee of the Supreme Court, First Judicial District and serves on the New York State Judicial Advisory Council, the Drug Courts Best Practices Committee, the New York State Women in the Courts Committee, and the New York State Unified Court System’s Anti-Bias Committee. She is a past president of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY).

Justice Kaplan has served as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, and participates regularly in Bar Association and Law School programs as a speaker. She is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law.


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