Barry Kamins
Adjunct Professor of Law

Supreme Court, Kings County                        
320 Jay Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Email: bkamins@courts.state.ny.us
Telephone: 347-296-1000

Barry Kamins, a graduate of Columbia College and Rutgers University Law School, is the Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters in the Second Judicial District. is a New York City Criminal Court Judge. From 1969 to 1973 he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County where he was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau. Before taking the bench he was a partner in Flamhaft, Levy, Kamins, Hirsch & Rendeiro LLP in Brooklyn, New York. Judge Kamins is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and Brooklyn Law School where he teaches New York Criminal Procedure. He is a past President of the City Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association and the Kings County Criminal Bar Association. Judge Kamins has lectured extensively on criminal law for the Office of Court Administration and to prosecutors and defense attorneys. He has written numerous articles for the New York Law Journal and other legal periodicals, including a chapter in the second edition of the New York Criminal Practice Handbook, published by the New York State Bar Association.

Judge Kamins is a former chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and co-chairs the Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure for the Chief Administrative Judge of New York. Judge Kamins is past Chairman of the Grievance Committee of the 2nd and 11th Judicial Districts. In addition, he is a member of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. He is currently a member of the New York Law Journal Board of Editors. At the New York State Bar Association, he is Vice President and represents the Second Judicial District.

On several occasions, he has been appointed a Special Prosecutor in Kings County and he had been appointed by the courts to serve on several committees dealing with current problems in the criminal justice system: The Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services; The Commission on Drugs and the Courts; the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System; the Committee on Guidelines for Representation of Indigent Defendants; the New York State Task Force on Processing Civilian Complaints by the New York City Criminal Court, the Assigned Council Plan Advisory Committee of the Appellate Division, Second Department.


Publications:
  • New York Search and Seizure, (1991) Gould Publications (Annual Updates) (cited by various courts, e.g. People v. Robinson. 97 NY 2d 341 (2001); People v. Abad, 98 NY 2d 12 (2002); People v. Jones. 2 NY 2d 235 (2004); People v. Woods, 189 A.D. 2d 838 (2nd Dept., 1993); People v. Washington. 238 A.D. 2d 43 (1st Dept., 1998); People v. Glaze, 255 A.D. 2d 932 (4th Dept, 1998) and in N. Y. Pretrial Criminal Procedure, Marks (West Publication, 1996)
  • N. Y. Criminal Practice Handbook (Chapter 20 - Sealing Case Records) (N.Y.S. Bar Association, 1991, 1998) Proving Criminal Defenses (Chapter 6 - Alibi Defense) (Matthew Bender & Co., 1991) Pitfalls of Practice (Chapter 10 - Criminal Practice) (N.Y.S. Bar Association, 2002)
  • Articles in New York Law Journal:
  • "Verdicts Against Weight of Evidence" (9/21/94)
  • "High Crime Area Exception to the Fourth Amendment" (3/24/86) "Use of Article 78 Proceedings in Criminal Cases" (3/26/85)
  • "Jury Nullification - A Rarity in Criminal Law" (8/20/85)
  • "Criminal Defendants Rights - Federal v. New York" (11/30/84) "Procedural Default - Denying the D.A. a Second Chance" (9/3/8
  • Articles in Brooklyn Barrister:
  • "New York's New Death Penalty Statute"
  • Brooklyn Barrister, Vol. 47, No. 11 (1995)
  • "The Use of a Witness' Grand Jury Testimony as Direct Evidence Where Defendant Caused the Unavailability of the Witness" 35 Brooklyn Barrister 135 (1985) cited in Richardson on Evidence (11th ed.), at page 635.
  •  "The Scope of Appeal in a Criminal Case Following a Guilty Plea; Which Issues Can be Preserved and Which are Forfeited" 35 Brooklyn Barrister 87 (1984) (cited in McKinney's Criminal Procedure Law, Commentaries, Section 220.10)
  • "Youthful Offender Proceedings" 35 Brooklyn Barrister 147 (1984) (cited in McKinney's Criminal Procedure Law, Commentaries Section 720.20)
  • "Recent Appellate Decision Opens Door to New Constitutional Attack on State Sentences"
  • 45 Brooklyn Barrister 1 (1993)
  • "New Legislation Affecting the Practice of Criminal Law" (1994) Approximately 20 other articles available upon request.

Professional Affiliations:
  • Special Prosecutor, Kings County (1990, 1991, 1992)
  • Co-Chair, Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure to the Chief Administrative Judge of New York (1998 to Present)
  • Chair, Committee on Professional Discipline of the New York State Bar Association (1999 to )
  • Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association (2003)
  • Chair, Oversight Committee for Criminal Defense Organizations for the Appellate Division (1997 to Present)
  • Chair, New York State Bar Association Committee on Justice and the Community (1997 to 1999)
  • Member, New York State Continuing Legal Education Board (2000)
  • Member, New York Law Journal Board of Editors (2002)
  • Member, Commission on the Future of Criminal Indigent Defense Services
  • Member, Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System.
  • Member, Commission on Drugs and The Courts.
  • Member, Second Department Capital Defender Screening Panel.
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Section, New York State Bar Association.
  • Member, Special Committee on Ombudsman Plan of the New York State Bar Association.
  • Member, Committee on Continuing Legal Education, New York State Bar Association.
  • Assigned Counsel Plan Advisory Committee - Appellate Division, Second Department (1992 to Present)
  • Member, Advisory Group to the New York State & Federal Judicial Council
  • Member of N. Y. State Task Force on Processing Civilian Complaints by tt Criminal Court.
  • Council on Judicial Administration of the Association of the Bar of the C (1996 to 2001)
  • Trustee of the Kings County Supreme Court Law Library (1995 to Present)

Education:
RUTGERS LAW SCHOOL Juris Doctor, 1968
COLUMBIA COLLEGE Bachelor of Arts, 1965