New York City Bar Association Rates Candidates in Contested Primary Elections for Civil Court, District Attorney, and Surrogate’s Court in New York City

New York, June 7, 2019 – The New York City Bar Association has completed evaluations of the following candidates who are running in contested primary elections on June 25 for Civil Court, District Attorney, or Surrogate’s Court. The review was conducted by the Association’s Committee on the Judiciary. The Association’s review of those candidates who are not running in contested primary elections remains to be completed and will be released all at once in advance of the general elections. 

The Committee uses two ratings: Approved and Not Approved. Candidates rated Approved have affirmatively demonstrated qualifications necessary for the performance of the duties of the position for which they are being considered.

New York County

Civil Court, 4th Municipal District

E. Grace Park – Approved

Lynne Fischman Uniman – Approved


Kings County

Civil Court, Countywide

Edward King – Approved

Bernadette Neckles – Approved


Civil Court, 6th Municipal District

Tehilah H. Berman – Not Approved

Caroline P. Cohen – Approved

Alice A. Nicholson – Not Approved

Chinyelu O. Udoh – Approved


Surrogate’s Court

Elena Baron – Not Approved

Meredith R. Jones – Approved

Margarita Lopez Torres – Approved


Queens County

Civil Court, Countywide

Wyatt N. Gibbons – Approved

Claudia Lanzetta – Approved

Lumarie Maldonado-Cruz – Not Approved

Michele R. Titus – Not Approved


District Attorney

Tiffany Cabán – Approved

Melinda Katz – Approved

Rory I. Lancman – Approved

Gregory L. Lasak – Approved

Betty Lugo – Not Approved

Mina Quinto Malik – Approved

Jose L. Nieves – Approved 

Note: To ensure the thoroughness and integrity of the ratings process, the City Bar cannot comment beyond what is provided in this release.

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The mission of the New York City Bar Association, which was founded in 1870 and has 24,000 members, is to equip and mobilize the legal profession to practice with excellence, promote reform of the law, and uphold the rule of law and access to justice in support of a fair society and the public interest in our community, our nation, and throughout the world.