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Hofstra Law Celebrates Distinguished Alumni on the Bench

On Monday, March 19, Hofstra Law honored eight alumni judges for their exemplary service and celebrated its more than 140 alumni members of the judiciary at its first Distinguished Alumni on the Bench reception. Proceeds from the event, which was held at the Hofstra University Club, support a new Judicial Alumni Scholarship fund to benefit current and future Hofstra Law students.

“Our honorees are truly exemplary. They have blazed trails as judges on the local, state and federal levels, and serve as leaders and role models in their local communities and in the legal profession,” said Judge Gail Prudenti, dean of Hofstra Law. “We are proud to honor such a diverse and accomplished group of jurists.”

The eight honorees were nominated by their peers, and the event was organized with Hofstra Law’s Alumni Judges of Distinction Executive Committee.

For more information, including a full list of Hofstra Law alumni judges, and to view the Distinguished Alumni on the Bench Journal and event photos, visit



Hon. John M. Czygier, Jr. ’74
Judge, Surrogate’s Court, Suffolk County

Hon. Marguerite A. Grays ’82
Justice, Queens County, Supreme Court

Hon. Jack L. Libert ’74
Justice, Nassau County, Supreme Court

Hon. Sallie Manzanet-Daniels ’88
Appellate Division, First Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York

Hon. Andrea Phoenix ’89
Judge, District Court, Nassau County

Hon. Louis A. Scarcella ’77
Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York

Hon. Jeffrey S. Sunshine ’80
Supervising Matrimonial Judge, Kings County, Supreme Court

Hon. Scott B. Ugell ’85
Town Justice, Town of Clarkstown, Rockland County, New York


Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP

Leeds Brown Law, P.C.

New York State Court Officers Association

Novick & Associates, PC

Rodman and Campbell, P.C.

Subin Associates, LLP

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP