Justice Mazzarelli (NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)
Appellate Division, First Department, Justice Angela Mazzarelli will join the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct starting July 1.
She will fill the unexpired term of Rolando Acosta, who was promoted to presiding justice of the First Department last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I’m very honored and humbled to be chosen,” Mazzarelli said in an interview Tuesday, adding that following Acosta onto the commission “makes it extra special.”
Mazzarelli has been a First Department justice since 1994. She was elected as a state Supreme Court justice since 1992 after serving as a New York City Criminal Court judge from 1985 to 1988, when she was appointed as an acting Supreme Court justice.
She previously worked as a lawyer for Bronx Legal Services, as a law assistant in the Civil Term of Manhattan Supreme Court and as a principal law clerk. She also was a partner in the law firm Wresien & Mazzarelli, specializing in civil litigation, according to the commission.
Mazzarelli is a member of the New York State Commission on Forensic Science and chairs the executive committee of the board of trustees of the Practising Law Institute. She is a member of the board of directors of the National Organization of Italian American Women and was a member and co-vice chair of the New York Pattern Jury Instructions Committee for more than 10 years.
She is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Columbia University School of Law, where she was a teaching fellow in property law.
The commission has 11 volunteer members. The governor appoints four, two of whom must be nonlawyers/nonjudges, the chief judge appoints three, and the four leaders of the state Legislature appoint one each. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore appointed Mazzarelli.