Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has appointed Hon. Douglas McKeon, Administrative Judge for Civil Matters for the Supreme Court, 12th Judicial District, to the board of directors of BronxNet, the borough’s public television station.
“Judge McKeon has a wealth of knowledge not only about our legal system but about our borough, as well. He cares deeply for the borough he serves, and I know that his talents will help guide the mission of BronxNet in meaningful ways. I look forward to working with Judge McKeon and everyone at BronxNet as we document the positive changes we are seeing in The Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
“Bronxites need to feel that their courts and the legal system are living forces that touch our community and improve the lives of people. BronxNet has been a pioneer in producing programs that educate our citizens about the law, their rights and foster access to Justice. I’m honored and excited that the Borough President has asked me to assist in this worthwhile effort,” said Judge McKeon.
“Judge McKeon is recognized as an innovator with big ideas who has solved systemic problems through innovation and inspired leadership. BronxNet and its Board of Directors are honored to welcome Judge McKeon to our distinguished leadership team,” said Paul T. Gentile, Chairman of the BronxNet Board of Directors.
Judge McKeon currently serves as the Administrative Judge for Civil Matters for the 12th Judicial District, which covers Bronx County, and is the Statewide Coordinator for Medical Malpractice Matters. In 2013, he also served as Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, during which a Veterans’ Court was established in The Bronx, and a significant reduction of aged cases was achieved.
A lifelong Bronxite and a resident of Pelham Parkway, Judge McKeon graduated from Lehman College and New York law School cum laude, where he attended the evening division while working full-time.
On the bench, Judge McKeon has handled numerous high-profile cases, including the civil case against French diplomat Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Alex Rodriguez’s medical malpractice action against the New York Yankees, and the civil settlement of the Happy Land fire, among others. He is also a frequent lecturer and author on a wide variety of legal topics, as well as a adjunct professor at the Fordham University School of Law.
Judge McKeon is married to Zalena McKeon. They have three daughters and two granddaughters.
BronxNet is the independent not-for-profit organization serving the people of the Bronx through the provision of media production training, access to technology, and cable television channels. BronxNet’s ultra-local programming helps connect the Bronx with the world while our training programs and partnerships are a part of community development through media.
Judge McKeon will join BronxNet’s other distinguished board members, including Dr. Roscoe Brown, Kenneth Knuckles, Nick Lugo, Myrna Rivera, Peter Joseph, Madaha Kinsey-Lamb, Jean Hodge, Michael Heller and John Collazzi.