Gerald Lebovits

Adjunct Professor of Law

Office: New York State Supreme Court
111 Centre Street
New York NY 10013

Professor Gerald Lebovits has been a New York City judge since 2001. He is an acting Supreme Court justice in Manhattan and president of the Civil Court's 120-judge Board of Judges. He previously presided in Civil Court, Criminal Court, and Housing Court, where he was the president of the 50-judge Association of Housing Court Judges.
In addition to being an Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School (since 2010), he has been, since 2011, an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where the students elected him Adjunct Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016, and at New York University School of Law (since 2012). 
He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law (2007-2012), where he was elected Adjunct Professor of the Year and received the Dean’s Teaching Award, and at New York Law School (1989-2007, 2013-2016), where he received the Order of Barristers, the Lifetime Achievement Award (for Moot Court), and the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award and was elected Adjunct Professor of the Year.
Justice 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 The Legal Writer: Writing It Right (2016), New York Residential Landlord-Tenant Law and Procedure (8th ed. 2015), Drafting New York Civil-Litigation Documents (2015), Advanced Judicial Opinion Writing (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. Most of 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)