Judicial Section

The Judicial Section is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. The Judicial Section is a resource offering opportunities for valuable interaction with peers. Making contacts through Judicial Section membership is not limited to the courtroom. Networking with colleagues is an important part of achieving success, enhancing the professionalism of the judiciary and striking a healthy work-life balance. Join us and lend your voice to ensure your opinions are represented. The Judicial Section committees address unique issues facing the duties, responsibilities, and welfare of the judiciary. The Section also provides a forum for representatives of the Council of Judicial Associations to address issues relating to legislation and court procedure.

Membership in the Judicial Section is open to a registered NYSBA member who is or has been a judge or justice of any court of the State of New York, or who resides in New York State and is or has been a judge or justice of a United States Court.

Contact the Judicial Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Kirsten Downer
[email protected]
(518) 487-5552

Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.

Judge Joanne D. Quiñones

Hon. Joanne D. Quiñones

Hon. Joanne D. Quiñones is a judge of the Court of Claims and Acting Justice of the Supreme Court in Kings County, where she handles both criminal and matrimonial matters. She is the first Latina to hold the position of Presiding Member of the Judicial Section of the New York State Bar Association since the section was organized in 1924.

Judge Quiñones is a Past President of the Latino Judges Association and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and remains an active member of their boards. She also serves on the boards of the Association of Supreme Court Judges by Designation, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, National Association of Women Judges – NY Chapter, and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. Judge Quiñones is a Commissioner on the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission and chairs the Second Judicial District’s Equal Justice Committee. She also sits on the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics.

Judge Quiñones is a champion of mentoring programs and a frequent speaker on issues of diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias. She is a graduate of Brown University and Fordham University School of Law.

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Judicial Dispatch

The Judicial Dispatch is a publication of the New York State Bar Association’s Judicial Section.


The Newsletter of the the Committee on Courts and Appellate Jurisdiction.

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Judicial Section Committee


Advancement of Judicial Diversity
The NYSBA Advancement of Judicial Diversity Award serves to recognize individuals for their efforts to promote diversity on the bench throughout New York State. Recipients will embody the New York State Bar Association’s commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the judiciary.

2023 recipients: Hon. Erika M. Edwards; Hon. Sallie Manzanet-Daniels; and Hon. Lillian Wan
2022 recipient: Hon. Kathie E. Davidson
2021 recipient: Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission (awarded to its co-chairs, Hon. Shirley Troutman and Hon. Troy K. Webber on the occasion of its 30th Anniversary)
2020 recipient: Hon. Rosalyn H. Richter
2019 recipient: None
2018 recipient: Hon. George Silver
2017 recipient: Hon. William C. Thompson (ret)
2016 recipient: Hon. Edwina Richardson Mendelson
2015 recipient: Hon. Karen K. Peters

Distinguished Jurist Award
To honor a jurist who embodies the highest ideals of the Judicial Section and recognize judicial excellence and extraordinary commitment to the rule of law.

2023 recipient: Hon. Hector D. LaSalle
2022 recipient: Hon. Robert G. Main, Jr.
2021 recipient: Hon. Rolando T. Acosta
2020 recipient: Chief Judge Janet M. DiFiore
2019 recipient: Hon. Raymond Lohier, Jr.
2018 recipient: Hon. Paul Feinman
2017 recipient: Hon. Lawrence K. Marks
2016 recipient: none
2015 recipient: Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin
2014 recipient: Hon. Judith S. Kaye

Lifetime Achievement Recognition:
2018 recipients: Hon. Karen Peters; Hon. Randall Eng
2017 recipient: Hon. Milton Mollen

Merit Award Honorees:
2019 recipients: Hon. Elizabeth Garry; Hon. Alan Scheinkman

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