Marks to Replace Prudenti as Chief Administrative Judge | New York Law Journal

Judge Lawrence Marks will assume the post of chief administrative judge on Friday, succeeding A. Gail Prudenti as the lead day-to-day manager of New York’s court system.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced Wednesday that Marks’ appointment was made with the approval of the administrative board of the courts, which is composed of Lippman and the presiding justices of all four Appellate Division departments.

Marks had been widely seen as the likely successor to Prudenti, who announced her retirement this week after 23 years on the bench, including more than three years as chief administrative judge, to head the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra University School of Law (NYLJ, July 28).

Marks was formally made Prudenti’s understudy in 2012 when he was named first deputy chief administrative judge. Until that time, the position had been open for five years, since Ann Pfau was promoted to chief administrative judge by then-chief judge Judith Kaye.

In all, Marks has worked for the courts for 24 years, with stints as administrative director of the Office of Court Administration (2004-11), special counsel to the chief administrative judge (1998-2003) and OCA’s deputy counsel for criminal justice (1991-97).


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