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Date: February 14, 2008

Hon. Ann Pfau
Chief Administrative Judge

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New Supervising Judges for New York City Family Court Named

NEW YORK – Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau today announced the appointment of three new Supervising Judges for New York City Family Court: Hon. Jane Pearl as Supervising Judge of New York County Family Court, Hon. Paula Hepner as Supervising Judge of Kings County Family Court and Hon. Edwina Richardson-Mendelson as Supervising Judge of Queens County Family Court. The appointments were made in consultation with the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts, Joan B. Carey, and the Administrative Judge of New York City Family Court, Joseph M. Lauria. The appointments are effective immediately.

Hon. Jane Pearl began her tenure as a jurist in 2000, when she was appointed to the bench in Bronx County Family Court. After earning her law degree at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Judge Pearl served as a court attorney to New York City Family Court judge Sheldon Rand and later as a Family Court Hearing Examiner. Judge Pearl has served as Family Court Supervising Judge for Kings and Richmond Counties since 2003.

Judge Paula Hepner earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Hofstra University School of Law. After graduation, she entered private practice and also served as a staff attorney at the New York Protection and Advocacy System for Developmental Disabilities. Judge Hepner was supervising attorney at the New York City Human Resources Administration until 1990, when she was appointed to the bench in New York City Family Court. She has been a Kings County Family Court judge for nearly two decades.

Hon. Edwina Richardson-Mendelson was appointed to the bench in 2003 as a New York City Family Court judge. Prior to her ascension, Judge Richardson-Mendelson was a court attorney-referee for the New York State Unified Court System. Judge Richardson-Mendelson earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. at City University of New York Graduate Center.


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