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Professional Background


  • Surrogate, New York County
  • 132 reported opinions, many addressing novel issues (e.g., rights of children born through in vitro fertilization; rights of non-marital fathers in adoption cases; designed process of determining death of persons missing in aftermath of 2001 attack on World Trade Center; reformation of trusts involving Subchapter S corporations and GRITs; seminal case reforming will to maximize tax benefits for estate


  • Adjunct Professor, Fordham University School of Law (Estate Administration)


  • Chair, Surrogate’s Court Advisory Committee of the Office of Court Administration


  • Monthly Columnist, “Wills, Estates and Surrogate’s Practice,” New York Law Journal


  • Law Assistant and Referee, Surrogate’s Court (King’s County)

Community and Public Service


Lecturer in the following forums:

  • Judges’s Association of the State of Georgia (keynote speaker on courts as critical second responders to emergencies such as September 11th attack on World Trade Center)
  • Japanese Adult Guardianship Association (in Tokyo) (New York guardianships)
  • Trust Companies Association of Japan (in Tokyo) (private trusts and litigation)
  • United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies
  • Yeshiva University
  • Hadassah
  • National Association of State Legislators
  • Various Bar Associations
  • Chair, Estate Planning Conference of the Archdiocese of New York
  • Annual Estate Planning Conference of Brooklyn
  • The Gay-Straight Alliance of the New York State Courts
  • Designed and chaired 20-year program, New York County Lawyers’ Association 10-week course on Surrogate’s Practice
  • Estate planning programs of other civic and charitable organizations
  • New York State Bankers’ Association (Policy Issues and Common Trusts)


      • Member, Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections


      • Director, Fordham Law School Alumni Association


      • Executive Committee, Surrogate’s Association of the State of New York


      • Trustee, St. Francis College


      • Member, Women’s Forum, Inc.


      • Member, New York Task Force on Permanency Planning for Children


      • Board of Directors, National Association for the furtherance of Jewish Education


      • President, City College Alumni Association


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      • Fordham University School of Law – J.D. 1969
      • The City College of New York – B.A. 1961
        • Phi Beta Kappa