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 300-judge New York State Association of Acting Supreme Court Justices. He previously presided in Civil Court, for which he was the president of the Civil Court's 120-judge Board of Judges; Criminal Court; and Housing Court, for which 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), Lebovits 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 (9th ed. 2017), Drafting New York Civil-Litigation Documents (2015), Advanced Judicial Opinion Writing (7th ed. 2004), and about 300 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 on his SSRN.
Lebovits received his LL.M. in criminal justice from New York University School of Law in 1986; his M.C.L. from Tulane University School of Law in 1980; his LL.L. (J.D. equivalent) from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, in 1979; and his B.A. from Carleton University in 1976.