Continually Working to Improve Our System of Justice
Justice of the Supreme Court 10th Judicial District – Dedicated, Efficient, Experienced, and Fair-Minded
Judge Linda Kevins has presided over cases in District Court for almost three years. Currently, she is assigned to preside over criminal cases exclusively. Resolving approximately ten thousand cases per year, Judge Kevins conducts conferences, hearings, and both bench and jury trials. Prior to her current assignment, she was assigned to preside over both civil and criminal cases where she conducted many trials each week.
Long Time Active Member of the Long Island Community
Judge Kevins is a long time resident of Long Island – living in her Mount Sinai home for 37 years with her husband of 40 years. While raising their five children, two daughters and three sons, she became very involved in her community. She served as a member of the Mount Sinai Civic Association, and was an integral part of her local school district for many years. She was also elected and served as a representative of the North Shore Special Education Parent Teacher Association and as a board member of the Three Village Swim Club where she served for a decade. Combining her children’s swimming talents and skills with community needs, Judge Kevins organized a swim across the Long Island Sound from Mount Sinai to Connecticut, where all five of her children swam to raise awareness and funds for children with special needs.
A Solid Work Ethic
While raising her family, Judge Kevins went back to school and obtained her undergraduate degree from Empire State College, and her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. Among her many accomplishments, she co-founded Hofstra Law Women, served as its President for three years, and assisted in the successful litigation of a landmark case decided by the United States Supreme Court.
Prosecuted Pedophiles and Assisted in the Development of the Court
Judge Kevins served in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney for over seven years, prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor cases, as well as litigating appellate issues. While a prosecutor, she assisted in the development and structure of the first Suffolk County Domestic Violence part – one of the busiest courts in Suffolk County. She prosecuted pedophiles, as well as other serious felonies, and obtained countless convictions. When a convicted pedophile fled after released on bail, Judge Kevins stayed in touch with the police department until TV’s “America’s Most Wanted” featured the case and he was captured within seventeen minutes.
Developed Initiatives and Managed Court Personnel
Judge Kevins left the District Attorney’s Office to become the Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert Ross, Supervising Judge of all the Matrimonial Courts in Nassau County Supreme Court, and the New York State Chair of the Court Operations Committee. As the Judge’s primary adviser, she drafted cutting edge decisions and assisted the Judge in administrative matters and decisions affecting eight matrimonial parts and the supervision of more than 70 judicial and non-judicial personnel. She also managed the case assignments for seven Judicial Hearing Officers and four Special Referees. Judge Kevins facilitated the development and operation of many initiatives, such as the Model Custody Part/Children Come First Initiative, and the Matrimonial Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.
Taught Law, Provided Training for Judges, Developed Cutting Edge Programs
Judge Kevins taught Family Law at St. John’s Law School, has conducted training for Judges across New York State presenting at the Judicial Institute, and has lectured for numerous organizations. Additionally, she organized and developed many cutting edge programs, including the acclaimed “Ready, Set, Lead” program that inspired her founding of the Partnership to Advance Women Leaders (PAWL), a not for profit organization comprised of many diverse and determined men and women who combine their talents to improve America. PAWL and the Ready, Set, Lead programs have been presented online and at colleges.
Counsel to 3 Supreme Court Supervising Judges, Suffolk and Nassau Counties
Upon the untimely passing of the Honorable Robert Ross, Judge Kevins served in the capacity of Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Hope Schwartz Zimmerman,the new Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial Parts in Nassau County Supreme Court. Thereafter, she served as Principal Court Attorney assigned to the Honorable Marion McNulty, Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial Parts in Suffolk County Supreme Court. Back in Suffolk County, Judge Kevins counseled Suffolk County Supreme Court Judges assigned to Matrimonial parts and Guardianship parts. Judge Kevins also served as the Principal Court Attorney to the Honorable Marlene Budd, Acting Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice, where she worked to resolve matrimonial matters, foreclosures, and proceedings brought under the Mental Hygiene Law.
Honored, Mentor and Role Model
Judge Kevins has been recognized often for her professional and civic leadership. Most notably, she was the first recipient and honoree of the prestigious “Rick Keidel Memorial Tribute” bestowed by the Matrimonial Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. Judge Kevins is an exemplary mentor and role model, having mentored 18 students each semester from three local law schools, and serving as a mentor to professionals and non-professionals in her various leadership capacities.
Leadership and Membership
Judge Kevins was admitted to practice law in New York State, the United States District Court for the Eastern District, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of numerous organizations and is serving and has served on many committees, including both the Suffolk County and Nassau County Bar Associations. She was elected and served as Vice-President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and as Director of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association. She was appointed and served on both the Suffolk County and the Nassau County Women in the Courts Committee, the Advisory Committee for the Attorneys for Children Panel, and the PEACE Steering Committee. Judge Kevins served on the Judiciary/Courts and Matrimonial/Family Law Committees, and is a member of the National Association of Women Judges, and ZONTA – a global organization of business executives and professionals.