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The New York County Regular Democratic organization’s 2014 Civil Court screening panel has been formed and is now reviewing the applications of seventeen applicants for the one County-wide seat created when Anil Singh became a State Supreme Court Justice. Once again County “leader” Keith Wright is keeping the names of the panelists secret. [The panel will also review incumbent Arlene Bluth who is seeking re-election to her County-wide seat.] The panelists are interviewing now through March 15th, 2014, and will issue their report on March 20th.

There are two local district Civil Court vacancies: one for Peter Moulton—also elevated to Supreme Court—whose West Side seat was already filled by a County Committee procedure last Fall (which chose Carol Sharpe)—and one for Debra James, also elected to Supreme Court. It is rumored that James’s West Harlem seat will be filled by Keith Wright’s choice of Michael Anthony Hardy, the lawyer for Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. [Hardy refused to be interviewed for this article.] Also Jose Padilla, elected from an East Harlem Civil Court District, and completing a ten-year term, is seeking re-election, but doesn’t appear to be going before any review panel as of now. So much for panel screening at the local level.

Here are the twenty-one screening panelists, in no particular order, and the names—for identification purposes—of the organizations, whose chiefs designated them to serve on the screening panel. [E. & o.e.]

Argilio Rodriguez, Esq. – Dominican Bar Assn.
Rodriguez Law, P.C. - Syracuse

Johnathan S. Damashek, Esq. – N.Y. State Trial Lawyers Assn.
Hecht, Kleeger, & Damashek – N.Y. Law

Laura Annmarie Russell, Esq. – Assn. of the Bar of the City of New York
Legal Aid Society (Family Domestic Violence) – Brooklyn

Lynnette D. Ford – Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Managing Director at G.M.H.C.

Andrea Gail Kahn, Esq. – New York Women’s Bar Assn. (N.Y.C. Chapter)
Morrison Cohen LLP - Georgetown

Nicole Lester Arrindell, Esq. – MFY Legal Services
MFY Legal Services – Cleveland State

Mathew F. Konigsberg, Esq. - Puerto Rican Bar Assn.
Foran Glennon Palandech, Ponzi & Rudloff P.C. - Rutgers

Steven Interrante, Esq. – Columbian Lawyers Assn.
Breier Deutschmeister Urban Popper Law group PLLC – N.Y. Law

Susan Puder, Esq. – Sanctuary for Families
Asst. Dir. Of Development at Sanctuary For Families – N.Y. Law

Eve Cho Guillergan, Esq. – Korean American Bar Assn.
Eve Guillergan, PLLC - Rutgers

Degna Phillippe Levister, Esq. – C.U.N.Y. Law
Clinical law professor at C.U.N.Y. Law School - Brooklyn

Laura S. Schnell, Esq – National Employment Lawyers Assn. (N.Y. Chapter)
Eisenberg & Schnell LLP – Chicago U.

Victoria Eastus, Esq. – New York Law School
Asst. Dean Academic Affairs, N.Y.L.S. - U. Texas (Austin)

Lakisha Marie Spence, Esq. – Assn. of Black Women Attorneys
In-house counsel, Local 420 (D.C. 37) - Brooklyn

Mitchell M. Wong, Esq. – Asian Americans for Equality
Exeter Law Group, LLP - Cornell

Joseph Aloysius French, Esq. – Brehon Law Society
French & Casey LLP – Catholic U.

William Wang, Esq. – Asian American Bar Assn.
Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP - Brooklyn

Luwick Francois, Esq. – Metropolitan Black Bar Assn.
N.Y.S. – D.H.C.R. (Tenant protection unit) – Akron U.

Julia P. Kuan, Esq. – Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Romano and Kuan – N.Y.U.

Greg Brito – N.A.A.C.P. (Mid-Manhattan Branch)