Touro Law Center’s Office of Alumni and Development is proud to announce that the Honorable Jeffrey Arlen Spinner has been selected for the month of October. Judge Spinner was an active member of the Touro Community while attending law school and remains engaged through Touro Law Center’s Mentor Program as well as attending various alumni and student events throughout the years. His accomplished career is highlighted in the bio below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to the Honorable Jeffrey Arlen Spinner.
Jeffrey Arlen Spinner graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ithaca College and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in December of 1986 and was thereafter admitted to practice law before the bars of New York, Connecticut, the U.S. District Courts in Connecticut and New York, the United States Court of Military Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He was engaged in the private practice of law from 1987 through 1997, first in Hartford County, Connecticut and later in Suffolk County, New York, focusing on the areas of real estate transactions (conveyancing, land title litigation, complex secured loan restructuring, title search and examination, summary proceedings), bankruptcy, subrogation, commercial law, criminal practice and general civil litigation in state (trial and appellate level) and federal (trial level) courts in both Connecticut and New York. He also served as both a volunteer Small Claims Arbitrator and a member of the Compulsory Arbitration Panel in the Suffolk County District Court as well as a volunteer attorney on the Nassau-Suffolk Law Services Pro Bono Bankruptcy Panel and on the 18-b Criminal Defense Panel. In addition to his work as an attorney, he also holds certificates in automobile mechanics from the General Motors School of Product Service and, prior to law school, had worked in the diverse areas of automotive service, transportation and farming.
He was appointed as a Suffolk County District Court Judge (Second District, Town of Babylon) in 1997 where he was assigned to 2nd and 4th District Courts in Deer Park and Hauppauge, handling civil cases, town ordinance violations, small claims and landlord-tenant proceedings. He also served rotations in the criminal arraignment parts in Central Islip.
In November of 1998, he was elected as a Judge of the County Court of Suffolk County. He was then assigned to a major crime trial part where he was responsible for overseeing cases in which defendants were charged with homicide, burglary, robbery, assault, sex offenses, arson and other violent felonies. In a nine month period starting in January of 1999, he adjudicated over 250 serious felony matters.
In September of 1999 he was designated an Acting Judge of the Suffolk County Family Court, assigned to a Child Protective Part, where he served until December of 2005. As a Family Court Judge, he oversaw over 10,000 cases, dealing primarily with child abuse and neglect, domestic violence (family offense), custody, adoption, termination of parental rights (abused and neglected children), paternity and child support. From January through December of 2003, he also presided over the Family Treatment Court and co-presided over the Juvenile Treatment Court, charged with helping individuals to successfully conquer chemical dependency issues, reuniting them with their families. Judge Spinner’s direct efforts also resulted in the recovery of over two million dollars in past due child support. He is still an Acting Family Court Judge, subject to periodic recall as needed by the Supervising Judge.
In January of 2006, Judge Spinner was designated Acting Justice of the Supreme Court where he was assigned to a civil trial part. Since that time, he has presided over a diverse docket including cases involving medical and dental malpractice, automobile accidents, real property disputes, contract claims, planning and zoning, municipal law, election law, mental hygiene, arbitration and other civil matters. He has presided over many trials, both jury and non-jury, as well as hearings and the rendering of decisions on motions and other applications. He also serves on the rotation in the Mental Hygiene Part which addresses cases involving persons who are confined in psychiatric institutions in Suffolk County.
Judge Spinner is an active member of Lions International has been a Mason for over twenty years and serves as both a volunteer for and a Director of Jacob’s Light Foundation Inc. which provides goods and necessities for American armed forces personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also volunteered for Christmas In April which rehabilitates housing at no cost to those in need. He has been married for over twenty three years and has three daughters, ages 19, 17 and 13.
Judge Spinner has faithfully and honorably served the people of Suffolk County for over ten years, demonstrating his dedication to the principles that the rule of law is paramount and that all persons have the absolute right to have their disputes heard expeditiously, fairly and impartially.