Earn your law degree in Upholding justice


From attorney, to judge, to the highest court in the land — you have to start somewhere. While there is no set path to becoming a judge, Hofstra Law offers our students and graduates many great opportunities to gain experience working in local, state or federal courthouses.

150 HOFSTRA LAW ALUMNI

MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY

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Hofstra Law is proud of our more than 155 alumni who are current and past members of the judiciary. Our graduates’ service at the local, state and federal levels exemplifies Hofstra Law’s long-standing commitment to justice.

In 2018, we launched the Distinguished Alumni on the Bench reception to celebrate the Hofstra Law alumni who are serving or have served as judges on the local, state and federal levels for their exemplary service. The following alumni were recognized at the 2018 and 2019 receptions:

Hon. Leonard B. Austin ’77, Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department

Hon. Stephen Bucaria ’76, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Nassau County

Hon. John M. Czygier, Jr. ’74, Surrogate’s Court, Suffolk County

Hon. Bruna DiBiase ’84, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Queens County, Criminal Term

Hon. Thomas Feinman ’75, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Nassau County

Hon. Marguerite A. Grays ’82, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Queens County

Hon. Linda Kevins ’96, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Suffolk County

Hon. Jack L. Libert ’74, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Nassau County

Hon. Steven Locke ’93, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of New York

Hon. Sallie Manzanet-Daniels ’88, Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division, First Judicial Department

Hon. Andrea Phoenix ’89, District Court, Nassau County

Hon. Louis A. Scarcella ’77, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York

Hon. George Silver ’83, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, New York City Courts

Hon. Norman St. George ’88, Administrative Judge, Nassau County, 10th Judicial District

Hon. Jeffrey S. Sunshine ’80, Supervising Judge for Matrimonial Matters, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Kings County

Hon. Scott B. Ugell ’85, Town Justice, Town of Clarkstown, Rockland County, New York

the Honorable Leonard B. Austin ’77 and Olga Polivoda

Learning Lessons From the Bench: A Judicial Externship With the New York Appellate Division

Since 1999 the Honorable Leonard B. Austin ’77 has served as a judge for the State of New York. Before his election to the Supreme Court, he spent two decades as a litigator with a focus on commercial litigation and matrimonial and family matters. He is now an associate justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, where he hears a variety of appealed cases, while also teaching Litigation Drafting Skills as a special professor of law at Hofstra Law.

Read the full story on our LawNews site.

POSTGRADUATE JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS

A postgraduate judicial clerkship offers one of the most rewarding professional experiences you can have. A judicial clerkship can provide you with a one- or two-year intensive experience in which you learn from an accomplished practitioner who has ascended to the bench. Recent postgraduate judicial clerkships include:

 

  • Indiana Court of Appeals
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • New Jersey Superior Court
  • New York City Civil Court
  • New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division
  • Ocean County (New Jersey) Family Court
  • Superior Court of Delaware
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit Staff Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit Staff Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Staff Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Immigration Court, San Antonio, Texas

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