Hon. Laura E. Drager
Laura Drager was appointed to the New York City
Criminal Court bench in 1987, and designated an Acting Justice of the New York
State Supreme Court, Criminal Term,
to her judicial appointment, she was the Chief of the Rackets Bureau in the
Kings County District Attorney's office.
She also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the trial division
and sex crimes unit of the New York County District Attorney's office. After graduating from
Judge Drager chaired the New York City Criminal Court Committee on Domestic Violence created by the New York State Unified Court System from its inception in 1992 to 2002. Among its many accomplishments, the Committee developed the brochure, Domestic Violence -- You Don't Have To Face It Alone. This brochure, intended for victims of domestic violence, explains in simple language how a victim may get assistance from the courts. Over 100,000 copies of the brochure have been distributed throughout the city.
Judge Drager was the principal author of the article, The Paper Shield: Orders of Protection in the New York City Criminal Court published at 48 The Record 891 (1993). She has lectured on domestic violence issues to judges and doctors and at bar association programs and has testified before a State Senate Committee.
Drager is a member of the Matrimonial Law Committee
of the New York City Bar Association and a Director of the New York Women’s Bar
Association. She is a member of the Mental Health
Professional Screening Committee for the First and Second Departments and
serves as the
Selected prior programs:
CLE Course, Representing Survivors of Domestic Violence in Matrimonial Cases,
Sanctuary for Families and Association of the Bar of the City of
Effective Cross-Examination of the Mental Health Expert in Custody Cases: An
Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts,
Forum, Unreported Cash in Matrimonial Cases: Confronting Tax, Criminal and Ethical
Ramifications, Association of the Bar of the City of
Forum, Law Guardians in Matrimonial Cases,
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