Meet Justice L. Priscilla Hall, 2015 Legal Leadership Honoree


The Honorable L. Priscilla Hall was named a Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, by New York State Governor David Paterson on March 18, 2009. Prior to this appointment she served as the Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court, Kings County Criminal Term.

She was elected to the New York Supreme Court on November 2, 1993, and as a Supreme Court Justice presided over criminal and civil matters. In response to the unprecedented increase in child protective complaints in New York City following the Nixzmary Brown case, she volunteered to serve in Family Court during 2006. Her diverse career has embraced the
fields of law, public and community service.

Before ascending to New York Supreme Court, Justice Hall served on the New York City Criminal Court, having been appointed by Mayor Edward I. Koch in 1986 and reappointed to a ten year term by Mayor David Dinkins, three years later. In 1990, Governor Mario Cuomo appointed Justice Hall to the Court of Claims.

Justice Hall believes that the courts must work to maintain public confidence in our judicial system and has worked to achieve this objective. She has served as President of the New York State Association of Women Justices, the Vice-President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, and as the President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys. She shares her leadership skills as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Judicial Friends, Columbia Law School Association, Inc., and the Supreme Court Justices’ Association of the City of New York. Justice Hall has also worked with the Federal Bar Council, the Kings County Criminal Bar Association and the Brooklyn Bar Association as well as the Brooklyn Women’s Bar association. She is also a Member of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, and the National Association of Women Justices.

Justice Hall received her undergraduate degree from Howard University in 1968. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with the distinction of being a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Justice Hall pursued a Master of Science degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, graduating in 1969. She received her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law in 1973.

Freedom Fund Reception & Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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