New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Barry Cozier ’75 as vice chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary. The committee is responsible for recruiting, screening, and nominating candidates for judicial appointment to the city’s Family Court and Criminal Court, as well as the Civil Court for interim appointments. Cozier, a partner at the law firm LeClairRyan, has served on the committee since 2006, and brings to his role two decades of experience as a member of the New York State judiciary. Cozier previously served as an associate justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, where he presided over civil and criminal appeals.
“I thank Mayor de Blasio for the trust he has placed in me by this appointment,” said Cozier at the mayor’s press conference. “And I look forward to working with him and his counsel and special counsel and the committee in the years ahead to shape a judiciary within the city of New York that adheres to the highest standards.”
“I have the greatest respect for Judge Cozier, and his legal acumen and judgment will provide a vital role in the work of the committee,” said New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman ’68 in a press release from the mayor’s office.
Cozier is the latest of a number of alumni who have been tapped for roles in the de Blasio administration. Previous appointments have included: Steven Banks ’81 as commissioner of the Human Resources Administration, Vicki Been ’83 as commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Zachary Carter ’75 as corporation counsel, Gladys Carrión ’76 as child welfare commissioner, Stacey Cumberbatch ’86 as commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, and Carl Weisbrod ’68 as chair of the New York City Planning Commission.
Watch video of the press conference (annoncement of Cozier's appointment at 43 min):
Posted July 22, 2014