Gerald Lebovits

Adjunct Professor

Office: Civil Court,
111 Centre Street
New York NY 10013

Professor Gerald Lebovits has been a New York City judge since 2001. Currently in Civil Court, where he serves as president of the Board of Judges of the New York City Civil Court, he previously presided in Criminal Court and Housing Court, where he served as president of the Association of Housing Court Judges.

In addition to teaching at Columbia Law School, he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law and at New York University School of Law. 

He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law (2007-2012), where the students elected him Adjunct Professor of the Year and where he received the Dean’s Teaching Award, and at New York York Law School (1989-2007), where he received the Order of Barristers and the Lifetime Achievement Award (for Moot Court) and was elected Adjunct Professor of the Year.

Judge Lebovits was a staff attorney with The New York City Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, and a principal court attorney in Supreme Court, Criminal Term, both in Manhattan.

He has authored or co-authored New York Residential Landlord-Tenant Law and Procedure (N.Y. St. B. Assn. 7th ed. 2015), Advanced Judicial Opinion Writing (N.Y. St. Jud. Inst. 7th ed. 2004), and more than 250 articles on civil practice, criminal law and procedure, ethics, family law, landlord-tenant law, legal writing, and trial and appellate advocacy. His publications are available at

B.A., Carleton University (1976); LL.L. (J.D. equiv.), University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section (1979); M.C.L., Tulane University School of Law (1980); LL.M. (in Criminal Justice), New York University School of Law (1986).