Each month, Touro Law Center’s Alumni and Development Office recognizes one outstanding
alum for his or her contribution to the legal field, service to the law school,
or other outstanding achievement. If you would like to nominate a fellow alum, please
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Manhattan Criminal Court Judge
Lynn Kotler has been a judge in the Manhattan Criminal Court since 2010. Judge Kotler was elected to the Civil Court bench in November 2009 and has been assigned to Criminal Court in both the Bronx and Manhattan. Judge Kotler is currently a member of the New York City Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association, the Lesbian and Gay Law Association for Greater New York (“LeGaL”) and is on the Board of Directors for the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert ("JALBCA").
Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Kotler practiced law for seventeen years in both small firms and as a solo practitioner, maintaining a general civil litigation practice that focused on matrimonial and family law, real estate, wills and estates and personal injury. Her legal experience has been extremely varied. She represented clients from different walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds. Her practice always included a pro bono component, to help those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services. In addition, Judge Kotler spent over a decade volunteering as an arbitrator for both the New York City Small Claims Court and the Better Business Bureau, where she heard and settled cases. She was also a Special Master in the Supreme Court, New York County where she worked closely with lawyers and litigants in preparing discovery orders, conducting conferences and facilitating settlement conferences.
Throughout her career, Judge Kotler volunteered her legal services to many organizations while maintaining a busy private practice. She volunteered with the New York County Lawyers Association Uncontested Divorce Project; for LeGaL’s Walk-In Legal Clinic; General Counsel to the Greater Long Island Running Club; and also for New York State Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell’s Tenant Clinic. These unique opportunities allowed her to work in different capacities and have expanded the depth of her legal experience and knowledge. More importantly, they provided her with the opportunity to help create a just and safe society and help those who are disenfranchised.
Over the course of her career, Judge Kotler has realized the importance of the judiciary and has a profound respect for our court system and the role that it plays in peoples lives.