Election 2017: Honorable Theresa A. Whelan

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Theresa Whelan has been a Suffolk Family Court Judge since 2008. For almost ten years she has been working hard to protect children and rebuild families. Judge Whelan is assigned primarily to child abuse and neglect matters and she presides over Family Treatment Court where she helps parents with substance abuse issues so they can safely parent their children.

Theresa is committed to reducing the number of children in foster care and reducing the amount of time foster children remain in care. She is the Lead Judge of the Suffolk County Court Improvement Project which is a collaborative of judges, lawyers, child welfare specialists and mental health professionals. Under Judge Whelan’s leadership, the collaborative is responsible for creating innovating court practices designed to help troubled parents safely care for their own children. In recognition of her leadership and commitment, she was appointed Supervising Judge of the Suffolk County Family Court in February 2016.

Judge Whelan is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and is past chair of the Family Court Committee. She is a member and past president of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association.

Judge Whelan has lectured for the Suffolk Academy of Law as well as the New York State Judicial Institute.

She was awarded the New York State Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 1998 and more recently she received the Suffolk County Bar Association’s President’s Award, together with other members of the Attorney for the Child Task Force in recognition of their work on important issues facing attorneys representing children. The Hon. A. Gail Prudenti, former Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York and Dean of Hofstra Law School recently recognized Judge Whelan and the Supervising Judges of Family Court and Matrimonial Parts in Nassau and Suffolk.

Election 2017: Judge Patricia Romeo

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I graduated Touro Law Center in 1995, Magna cum laude, 3rd in my evening class. I worked for two private firms before opening my own firm in 2000. Since then I have been in Patchogue where my practice focuses on matrimonial and family law issues, real estate transactions, estate planning and probate and adoptions.

Since January, 2014 I have also been the Justice for the Village of Patchogue. I was appointed to fill an unexpired term in January and elected for a full term in March, 2014. I am now running for re-election which election will be held in March, 2018.

As the Village Justice I hear a variety of matters, including vehicle and traffic matters, building and housing code violations, village ordinance violations and parking tickets. I also officiate many weddings, both in the courtroom and off-site as well.

Prior to becoming an attorney I was a medical center director and a counselor. I have a BA in psychology from SUNY Oswego and a Masters degree in psychology from C.W. Post Center.

I also volunteered briefly for the NYS Assembly where I reviewed and drafted legislation regarding children and families.

I am a long-time member of the Patchogue Rotary club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

I joined the Suffolk County Women’s Bar association while a law student and have continued that membership to date. I served as a Board member for three years and as Secretary.

I have been a member of the Suffolk boat Club for 32 years and served as the Financial chair for 15 years.

I was appointed to the Advisory Council to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital and still sit on that Board.

I have been married for 32 years to my wonderful husband Jim and we have one daughter who is to be married in June, 2018.

I believe that my diverse background and experience benefit me on the bench. I look forward to the challenges ahead and to serving Patchogue Village for four more years.

I thank you for your support.

Election 2017: Justice William Rebolini

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Supreme Court Justice William B. Rebolini is currently the presiding justice of a civil litigation trial part which serves as a court of law and equity. He is also a former adjunct professor, at Dowling College, teaching Business Law and Ethics, Labor and Employment Law and related topics. He was formerly an adjunct professor of Business Law at the New York Institute of Technology. Justice Rebolini also served as Deputy Supervisor/Councilman, Town of Huntington, partially responsible for the policy and operations of local municipal government.

As an attorney in private practice, Justice Rebolini represented various individuals, business entities, charitable organizations and an insurance company in civil litigation and other matters. As an associate for a New York City law firm in securities litigation, under the supervision of a senior partner, he authored a petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the case being accepted for appeal and received the honor of appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court as co-counsel at the age of 27. He has served as an officer and board member of many charitable and professional organizations including the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, Rotary, the Guide Dog Foundation, Moonjumpers Charitable Foundation, the Long Island Development Corporation, and others. He has been a judge since 36 years of age and has been on the bench for almost 24 years.

Election 2017: Judge Linda Kevins

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Judge Linda Kevins is a judge of the Suffolk County District Court in New York. She was elected on November 4, 2014, and is now a candidate for the 10th Judicial District Supreme Court in New York.

As a District Court Judge Linda Kevins has presided over cases in District Court for almost three years.   Currently, she is assigned to preside over criminal cases exclusively.

Resolving approximately ten thousand cases per year, Judge Kevins conducts conferences, hearings, and both bench and jury trials.  Prior to her current assignment, she was assigned to preside over both civil and criminal cases where she conducted many trials each week.

Judge Kevins is a long time resident of Long Island – living in her Mount Sinai home for 37 years with her husband of 40 years.

While raising her family, Judge Kevins went back to school and obtained her undergraduate degree from Empire State College, and her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law.  Among her many accomplishments, she co-founded Hofstra Law Women, served as its President for three years, and assisted in the successful litigation of a landmark case decided by the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Kevins served in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney for over seven years, prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor cases, as well as litigating appellate issues. While a prosecutor, she assisted in the development and structure of the first Suffolk County Domestic Violence part – one of the busiest courts in Suffolk County.

Judge Kevins left the District Attorney’s Office to become the Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert Ross, Supervising Judge of all the Matrimonial Courts in Nassau County Supreme Court, and the New York State Chair of the Court Operations Committee.  As the Judge’s primary adviser, she drafted cutting edge decisions and assisted the Judge in administrative matters and decisions affecting eight matrimonial parts and the supervision of more than 70 judicial and non-judicial personnel.  She also managed the case assignments for seven Judicial Hearing Officers and four Special Referees.  Judge Kevins facilitated the development and operation of many initiatives, such as the Model Custody Part/Children Come First Initiative, and the Matrimonial Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

Judge Kevins taught Family Law at St. John’s Law School, has conducted training for Judges across New York State presenting at the Judicial Institute, and has lectured for numerous organizations.

Upon the untimely passing of the Honorable Robert Ross, Judge Kevins served in the capacity of Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Hope Schwartz Zimmerman,the new Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial Parts in Nassau County Supreme Court. Thereafter, she served as Principal Court Attorney assigned to the Honorable Marion McNulty, Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial Parts in Suffolk County Supreme Court. Back in Suffolk County, Judge Kevins counseled Suffolk County Supreme Court Judges assigned to Matrimonial parts and Guardianship parts.  Judge Kevins also served as the Principal Court Attorney to the Honorable Marlene Budd, Acting Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice, where she worked to resolve matrimonial matters, foreclosures, and proceedings brought under the Mental Hygiene Law.

Judge Kevins was admitted to practice law in New York State, the United States District Court for the Eastern District, and the United States Supreme Court.  She is a member of numerous organizations and is serving and has served on many committees, including both the Suffolk County and Nassau County Bar Associations.  She was elected and served as Vice-President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and as Director of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association.  She was appointed and served on both the Suffolk County and the Nassau County Women in the Courts Committee, the Advisory Committee for the Attorneys for Children Panel, and the PEACE Steering Committee.  Judge Kevins served on the Judiciary/Courts and Matrimonial/Family Law Committees, and is a member of the National Association of Women Judges, and ZONTA – a global organization of business executives and professionals.

Suffolk County Woman’s Bar Association 2017 Journal

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