About ACJ

About ACJ

Stacy Caplow

Caplow is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean of Professional Legal Education at Brooklyn Law School. Her areas of teaching and scholarship are Criminal Law and Procedure and Immigration Law. She now co-directs the Safe Harbor Project, an immigration law clinic, and in the past taught both criminal defense and prosecution clinics in Brooklyn. Caplow formerly worked at the Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan, was Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau and then director of training at the Kings County District Attorney's Office, served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York (Civil Division), and in 2006 was a Fulbright Fellow at University College Cork, Ireland. She previously served on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary under the Koch administration. Caplow received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Christopher E. Chang

Chang is in private practice in New York City as a solo practitioner. His area of practice is commercial and criminal litigation in the Federal and State courts.  He was an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office under Robert M. Morgenthau. He is currently a member of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law. He was formerly a member of the Chief Judge's Committee on the Profession and the Courts, the Chief Judge's Commission on Public Access to Court Records, the Franklin H. Williams Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary, the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society in New York City, the New York Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department, the Policy and Planning Committee of the New York Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department, and the Cornell University Council. From 1991 to 2001, he was Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York which he helped to create. In 2003, he was awarded the Millennium Award from the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary for his efforts in promoting diversity in the New York judiciary and its court system. He received his law degree from Cornell Law School.

Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (Ret.)

Ciparick was born in New York City on New Year's Day in 1942. Reared in the Washington Heights community of New York, she received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and, in 1967, was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law. A staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society from 1967 to 1969, she left that position to assume the responsibilities of Assistant Counsel for the Judicial Conference of the State of New York. In 1972, she was designated Chief Law Assistant of the Criminal Court of the City of New York. In 1978, Mayor Edward I. Koch appointed Judge Ciparick to the Criminal Court bench and in 1982 she was elected to the New York State Supreme Court. On December 1, 1993, Governor Mario M. Cuomo announced her nomination for appointment to the Court of Appeals as the Court's first Hispanic member and on January 4, 1994, she took office. She was re-appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer in November 2007 to serve until December 2012. She is now "Of Counsel" to the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, co-chairing its Appellate Practice Group. She advises clients on appellate matters, litigation strategy and mentors Greenberg Traurig's junior lawyers. She remains active in public service and serves on the Chief Judge's Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services, the New York Courts Historical Society and the New York State Indigent Legal Services Board. She was also appointed by the Chief Judge to co-chair the New York Justice Task Force that examines the causes of wrongful convictions.

Hon. Barry A. Cozier (Ret.)

Cozier is Senior Counsel at Fensterstock & Partners LLP, where he represents institutions and individuals in complex business and commercial litigation, real estate litigation, estates litigation, federal and state appeals, arbitration and mediation, as well as serves as special master in state and federal court discovery proceedings. Cozier was formerly Senior Counsel at LeClairRyan in their litigation practice and a former member of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., in the firm's national litigation and labor and employment practice groups. He was formerly an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department (2001-2006), Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1993-2001), Deputy Chief Administrative Judge (1994-1998), and a Judge of the Family Court of the State of New York (1986-1992). From 1998 to 2007, he also was an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law. Prior to his judicial service, Cozier was in private practice and served in various public sector legal positions. He currently is a member of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee for the First Department, the Board of Directors of the New York University School of Law Alumni Association, and a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. Cozier has served on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary since 2006. He received his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.

Christopher DiLorenzo

DiLorenzo graduated from Temple University School of Law. He began his legal career as a criminal defense trial attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Bronx County for 6 years. He went on to form the law firm of DiLorenzo & Rush in 1997 where he concentrates his work as a trial attorney in criminal, family and personal injury law. DiLorenzo has also been very active in the Bronx County Bar Association serving as Chairman of the Criminal Courts Committee and as President of the association. He also is active in the New York State Bar Association serving as a member of the House of Delegates and a member of the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Section.

Hon. Luis A. Gonzalez (Ret.)

Gonzalez' legal career has been one primarily dedicated to public service. Upon his graduation from Columbia Law School in 1975, Gonzalez served as an Examining Attorney for the New York City Department of Investigation. From 1978 to 1980, he held the position of Counsel to the National Director of the Government of Puerto Rico, and from 1981 to 1984, he was a Hearing Officer for the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal. In 1985, Gonzalez was appointed as a Housing Court Judge in the New York City Civil Court.  Two years later, he was elected Judge of the Civil Court in Bronx County.  In 1992, he was elected to the New York State Supreme Court and in 1998, was elevated to the Appellate Term, First Department – the first Latino to hold that position.  One year later, Gonzalez was appointed Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court, Bronx County.  In March 2002, he was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department.  In March 2009, Governor David A. Paterson appointed Gonzalez as Presiding Justice of the First Department – the first Latino appointed to that position. Gonzalez is a member of the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, where he served as its president from 1989 to 1993. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Judicial Hearing Officer Selection Advisory Committee for the First Judicial Department, member of the Twelfth Judicial District’s Task Force on Reducing Litigation Costs & Delay, and as an Instructor at Lehman College.

Richard Gutierrez

Gutierrez began his legal career as a staff attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in Queens County. In 1986, he entered private practice and opened an office in Queens, concentrating in criminal defense, civil rights and personal injury litigation. During his 28 years in private practice, he has tried numerous cases to verdict. Currently, Gutierrez is the Chair of the New York State Grievance Committee of the Appellate Division, Second Department for the 2nd, 11th and 13th Judicial Districts and a Vice President of the New York State Bar Association, representing Queens County. He is also a past President of the Queens County Bar Association and the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County. He graduated from Seton Hall University Law School.

Craig Kaplan

Kaplan has been practicing law for more than three decades. In 2006, he became counsel to Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, P.C. representing not-for-profit organizations and specializing in the area of wills, trusts and estates. He also works on various litigation and transactional matters. He was previously a partner at Levinson and Kaplan and served as Counsel to the Voter Protection Project of America's Families United. Kaplan had also worked in the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society, was a political and organizational consultant for not-for-profit organizations, and was a member of the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He previously served as a member of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary during the Dinkins administration. Kaplan received his law degree from New York University School of Law, where he was Root-Tilden Scholar.

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger (Ret.)

Kluger became Executive Director of Sanctuary for Families in January 2014, after serving 25 years as a judge in New York State. Prior to joining Sanctuary, Kluger served for five years as Chief of Policy and Planning for New York State's Unified Court System. In that role, she oversaw 300 problem-solving courts and helped develop innovative policies and strategies to improve the delivery of justice, particularly in the area of gender violence. Most recently, she led the effort to open the state's Human Trafficking Intervention Courts. Kluger was also responsible for the statewide implementation of the Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, a one family/one judge model for the adjudication of domestic violence cases. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she headed the Domestic Violence Bureau in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. Kluger received her J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.

Chanwoo Lee

Lee is a solo practitioner specializing in criminal and family law. She was previously an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division. She is a former President of the Queens County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Korean American Lawyers' Association of Greater New York and the Asian American Bar Association of New York. She was a former member of the Character and Fitness Committee of the Appellate Division, Second Department. She has served on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary since 2002. Lee received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Dennis Parker

Parker, an adjunct professor at New York Law School, is the Director of the ACLU National Office's Racial Justice Program (RJP). Concentrating on issues of the school-to-prison pipeline which funnels children of color from the educational system into the criminal justice system, racial profiling, affirmative action, indigent representation and felon enfranchisement, the RJP seeks to remove barriers to equal opportunity for communities of color through litigation, public education, community organizing and legislation. Prior to joining the ACLU, he was the Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office. Parker also worked for fourteen years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, at the employment firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias and Engelhardt, and the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

* The identification of Parker as working for the ACLU is for identification purposes only. His duties on the committee are completely unrelated to his employment with the ACLU.

Thomas Principe

Principe has been a partner at Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore, practicing in the specialty of personal injury and medical malpractice representing injured parties since April, 1989. He is a former Queens County Assistant District Attorney, rising to the position of Deputy Bureau Chief of the Supreme Court Trial Bureau. He then practiced as defense counsel in the field of medical malpractice/personal injury. A Brigadier General (Retired) in the New York Army National Guard, he was Staff Judge Advocate to 53rd Troop Command for 9 years, and served during our 9/11 National Disaster in that capacity. He retired in July 2006 after 33 years of service with the Legion of Merit, awarded by the United States Army and the Conspicuous Service Medal, awarded by the State of New York. Principe is a member of many professional associations and was Past-President of the St. John's University School of Law Alumni Association.

Marvin Raskin

Raskin, a former prosecutor with the Bronx District Attorney's Office, has been in private practice since 1977 with a concentration in the area of criminal defense law and in attorney and judicial disciplinary matters. He is a past President of the Bronx County Bar Association, as well as the current Co-Chair and former Chair of the Criminal Courts Committee. He also serves as the current Vice-Chair and former Chair of the Central Screening Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, Assigned Counsel Plan and is a former member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission, 12th Judicial District. Raskin has served on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary since 2007. He received his J.D. from New York Law School.

Crystal Screen

Screen is a solo practitioner focusing on family law matters. She was previously with the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division. Screen is currently the President of the Assigned Counsel Association of Queens Family Court. She serves by appointment of the Chief Administrative Judge of the NYC Family Courts as a member of the advisory committee on child protection. Screen has served on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary since 2009. She received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Sharon Stapel

Stapel is President of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC). NPCC provides information and resources, as well as guidance services, to Nonprofit Organizations throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester. Stapel was previously the Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) which is the country's largest organization dedicated to ending hate, sexual, and intimate partner violence affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. In 2011, Stapel was named a White House Champion of Change for her LGBTQ intimate partner violence work and in 2013 Sharon was recognized by President Obama for her work on an LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act. Prior to joining AVP, Stapel directed domestic violence legal programs at South Brooklyn Legal Services and the Legal Aid Society and created Legal Aid's first dedicated domestic violence project. Stapel received her law degree from CUNY Law School.

Earl Ward

Ward is a partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, LLC, where he concentrates on criminal defense and civil rights. He was previously a solo practitioner handling police brutality cases and serious felony matters. His clients have spanned a broad spectrum, from indigent criminal defendants to high profile figures and corporate executives. Ward has lectured extensively on trial practice, including as guest lecturer at New York University School of Law, Cardozo Law School, and the United States District Court for the Southern District, Pro Se Trial Advocacy Program. He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Bronx Defenders, the Board of Housing Works (an organization committed to helping homeless men and women with HIV/AIDS), and the Board of Esperanza (an alternative to incarceration program for at risk adolescents). Ward graduated from New York University School of Law.

Mary Whiting

Whiting has been a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1982 and has prosecuted numerous patents from application filing through Appellate practice, along with trademarks and copyrights. She began her career as an associate attorney in the intellectual property firms of Eric D. Offner, author of the seminal treatise on International Trademark Law, and Lackenbach & Siegel. She was a founding member of the law firm of Pocchia & Whiting, where she concentrated her work litigating intellectual property cases in Federal Court, and Environmental compliance cases in NY State Courts. In 1987 she joined Verizon, was the Director of the Environmental Department, and presently specializes in transactional negotiations. She was an Administrative Law Judge for NYC's Department of Finance, and an Adjunct Professor at NYS Empire State College. She received her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. She is a Staten Islander and member of the Richmond County Bar Association.

Milton Williams, Jr.

Williams joined the firm of Walden Macht & Haran LLP in May of 2017. He was formerly a partner with Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard and has litigated cases against numerous Fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining these firms, Williams was a Deputy General Counsel and the Chief Compliance Officer at Time, Inc. Before working at Time, he was in private practice at Jackson Lewis, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. His last assigned unit in the United States Attorney's Office was the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. Prior to becoming a Federal Prosecutor, Williams was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office. He has tried over fifty (50) cases (both civil and criminal) to verdict. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.