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New York City Bar Association Rates Primary Election Candidates for Civil Court in New York City

New York, September 9, 2016 – The New York City Bar Association has completed evaluations of the following candidates running in the September 13 Democratic Party primary elections for Civil Court in Kings and New York Counties. The review was conducted by the Association’s Committee on the Judiciary.

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.

Kings County

Civil Court, 3rd District

Edward Irizarry – Not Approved 

Civil Court, 5th District

Rachel E. Freier – Not Approved

Morton M. Avigdor – Not Approved 


Dena E. Douglas – Approved

Odessa Kennedy – Approved

Consuelo M. Melendez – Approved

John Meringolo – Not Approved 

New York County

Civil Court, 6th District

Susan F. Avery – Not Approved

Sabrina B. Kraus – Approved 

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

About the Association

The New York City Bar Association (, since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law and providing service to the profession and the public.  The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged.  Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.