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Justices of the Court

Justice Lourdes M. Ventura

Judicial Offices

Associate Justice, New York State Appellate Division, Second Department, Appointed by Governor Kathy Hochul, August 07, 2023

Associate Justice, Appellate Term of the Supreme Court for the 2nd, 11th and 13th Judicial Districts, Appointed by Acting Chief Administrative Judge Tamiko Amaker, 2023

Justice, Supreme Court, Queens County, Elected, 2020 to 2033

Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, Queens County, Elected, 2019

Other Professional Experience

Ahmuty, Demers & McManus, Partner 2006, 2010 to 2018

New York State Senate, Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel, 2007 to 2010

Office of the NYS Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau, Assistant Attorney General, 2002 to 2006

District Attorney of Queens County, Assistant District Attorney, 1998 to 2002

Legal Resources Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, Intern, 1997

Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, New York, Ella Baker Intern, 1996

Queens Legal Services, Housing Unit Intern, 1995

Admission to the Bar

NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1999

United States Supreme Court, 2015

United States District Court, Western District of New York, 2005

District of Columbia, 2001

United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2001

United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2001


J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 1998

M.S.W., State University of New York at Buffalo School of Social Work, 1998

B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1994

Professional & Civic Activities

New York Pattern Jury Instructions (Civil) Committee, Member, 2023 to Present

Latino Judges Association, President, 2023 to Present

Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, Board Member, 2022 to Present

Supreme Court Justices' Association of City of New York, Board Member, 2022 to 2024

Queens Supreme Court Civil Term Equal Justice in the Courts Committee, Co-Chair, 2021 to 2023

National Association of Women Judges, Member, 2019 to 2024

New York Women Judges Association, Inc., Member, 2024 to Present

New York State Bar Association, Delegate, 2018 to 2021, 2016 to 2017

Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Officer, 2016 to 2019

Queens County Women's Bar Association, President, 2015 to 2016

Queens County Bar Association, Board Member and Grievance Committee Member, 2011 to 2017

Dominican Bar Association, Board Member, 2010, 2002 to 2004

University at Buffalo Law School Dean's Advisory Council, Emeritus Member, 2009 to Present

Association of Small Claims Arbitrators, Arbitrator, 2005 to 2005

Hispanic National Bar Association, New York Deputy Regional President, 2004 to 2008

Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, President, 2004 to 2006

Supreme Court of Queens County Law Library, Past Trustee