2001-11-03 / Columnists

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Denis J. Butler: A Man Of Judicial
Integrity And Honor
By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Denis J. Butler: A Man Of Judicial
Integrity And Honor

The Queens County Democratic Organization has nominated an outstanding attorney for a position as Judge in the Civil Court. He will run countywide in Queens County.  We will have an opportunity to vote for a good friend of mine, and an excellent attorney.

Denis J. Butler has a strong record of success as a distinguished attorney.  Currently Denis is serving in the Queens County Surrogate Court. He is the Principal Law Clerk for The Honorable Justice Robert Nahman. Judge Nahman is a long term prominent resident of the Rockaways.  He is a man of exceptional judicial temperament.  As the principal Law Clerk and Referee, Denis has presided over numerous contested trials including matters to determine kinship.  He is also responsible for evidentiary rulings and decisions on motions.  Denis prepares reports on findings of fact and conclusions of law.

As the Principal Law Clerk, Denis Butler coordinated assignments of staff attorneys in the law department. Denis has also conducted pre-trial and motion conferences in all contested matters including probate, administration, guardianship, accounting and miscellaneous proceedings.  He has performed research and drafted decisions including confidential legal memoranda.

Denis Butler is also an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan. He has taught a variety of courses which include law and mediation for twenty-two consecutive semesters with concentrations in both lecture and clinical areas. Denis has supervised 2500 mediation conferences involving litigants in Queens County Small Claims Court.

Prior to serving in the Surrogate Court, Denis was the Principal Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Timothy Flaherty. In this capacity, he assisted the court in all pre-trial and trial matters including participating in approximately 1500 hearings and 200 jury and non-jury trials completed to verdict. He conducted pre-trial conferences and assisted in plea negotiations for criminal felony cases.  He drafted jury charges. Denis performed research and drafted decisions including confidential legal memoranda for the court.  He co-coordinated the trial assignment part.

In addition to the above experiences, Denis Butler was the Principal Law Clerk in the NYS Supreme Court for the Honorable Justice Robert Groh. He was also the Principal Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice Robert Kohm in the New York City Civil Court.  Prior to his experiences in the court, he was a legal assistant in the law firm of Certilman, Balin, Adler and Hyman.

As can be noted from the above, Denis Butler has had extensive experience in the legal field.  He is competent, conscientious and hard working.  Denis is an extremely capable legal expert who excels in his ability to analyze legal issues.  He will be an outstanding judge.  He has an outstanding reputation among his peers. He will be a superb addition to the judicial bench who will work on behalf on all the people of Queens.

In addition to his own spectacular achievements he comes from a renowned family.  His father, Assemblyman Denis Butler, served in the NYS Assembly for 24 years before retiring last year.  Denis Butler Sr. has a strong constructive record of achievement for the citizens of New York. Denis has fought for a strong educational system, the expansion of rights for senior citizens, stronger laws to protect tenants, accessible sports and after school programs for youngsters and other vital needs of our citizens. His mother Mary is a strong and capable values-oriented person.  Mary always reaches out and goes the extra mile for anyone who asks for her assistance.  She has been a guiding light for her family and her community.  Assemblyman Butler and his wife Mary are a dynamic duo. They are positive, energetic and enthusiastic in the pursuit of a better life for their neighbors, constituents and friends. When it comes to Denis Butler one can only say that this apple did not fall far from the tree.

Please join me in voting for Denis J. Butler for Civil Court Judge.


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