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Court Building Named for Oshrin ’60

The Supreme Court building in Riverhead, N.Y., was recently named the Hon. Alan D. Oshrin Supreme Court Building, dedicated to the memory of Oshrin ’60, who was the administrative judge in Suffolk County at the time of his death in 2003.

More than 100 lawyers signed a petition to request the building be renamed for Oshrin. The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously passed the resolution regarding the name in August.

Oshrin earned a B.A. in political science with honors from Hobart College. While a student, he founded and captained the fencing team. After graduating, Oshrin earned his law degree from Columbia Law School, then began practice in Suffolk County.  He was a prominent matrimonial attorney and was counsel to many school districts in Suffolk County. He was elected to the bench in 1991 and was eventually raised to the position of Supreme Court Judge for the courts of Suffolk County.

When the building was dedicated, Gale Prudenti, presiding justice of the appellate division, was quoted in the Long Island Legal News blog describing Oshrin as someone who, “personified the best in the judiciary, loved the law, and had a penchant for helping people.