Barry Kamins
Barry Kamins (NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore has named four new members to the New York State Justice Task Force, as part of an effort to expand the task force’s goals.

In addition to Bracewell partner Paul Shechtman (NYLJ, June 1), the task force now includes former state Judge Barry Kamins, a partner at Aidala Bertuna & Kamins in Manhattan; Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas; and Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino, who is a former Fulton County Court judge and district attorney.

Former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman formed the task force in 2009 to examine the causes of wrongful convictions and recommend ways to avoid them. DiFiore has now asked the group of more than 20 lawyers and judges to address bail reform and speedy trial issues, according to two of the new members.

“It’s an honor to join a group of individuals that are dedicated to addressing the complex issues of the criminal justice system,” Kamins, a Law Journal columnist, said Thursday. “In particular, it will be challenging to address the state’s speedy trial statute, which has exasperated judges and practitioners for the last 45 years.”

Kamins, a retired Queens Supreme Court justice, served as administrative judge of the Criminal Court of New York City, chief of policy and planning for the state court system, and was an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn.

Singas has been district attorney since 2015 and has worked as a prosecutor for more than two decades. In 2006, she was made chief of the Nassau County DA’s Special Victims Bureau.

Giardino was elected Fulton County district attorney in 1991 and re-elected district attorney in 1995. He was appointed by the governor in 1996 to be Fulton County Court judge to fill a vacant seat. He was elected in November of that year and re-elected in 2006.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore has named four new members to the New York State Justice Task Force, as part of an effort to expand the task force’s goals.

In addition to Bracewell partner Paul Shechtman (NYLJ, June 1), the task force now includes former state Judge Barry Kamins, a partner at Aidala Bertuna & Kamins in Manhattan; Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas; and Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino, who is a former Fulton County Court judge and district attorney.

Former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman formed the task force in 2009 to examine the causes of wrongful convictions and recommend ways to avoid them. DiFiore has now asked the group of more than 20 lawyers and judges to address bail reform and speedy trial issues, according to two of the new members.

“It’s an honor to join a group of individuals that are dedicated to addressing the complex issues of the criminal justice system,” Kamins, a Law Journal columnist, said Thursday. “In particular, it will be challenging to address the state’s speedy trial statute, which has exasperated judges and practitioners for the last 45 years.”

Kamins, a retired Queens Supreme Court justice, served as administrative judge of the Criminal Court of New York City, chief of policy and planning for the state court system, and was an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn.

Singas has been district attorney since 2015 and has worked as a prosecutor for more than two decades. In 2006, she was made chief of the Nassau County DA’s Special Victims Bureau.

Giardino was elected Fulton County district attorney in 1991 and re-elected district attorney in 1995. He was appointed by the governor in 1996 to be Fulton County Court judge to fill a vacant seat. He was elected in November of that year and re-elected in 2006.