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Biography of Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix


Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix was appointed Administrative Judge for Civil Matters in the Second Judicial District in May, 2009.  In this role, she oversees both the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term and the New York City Civil Court, which also encompasses the Housing Court of the City of New York.  Justice Hinds-Radix was elected to the Supreme Court, Kings County in November of 2004 and served as a New York City Civil Court Judge, from 2002 through 2004, spending her first year in the Criminal Court of Kings County.  In 1985, soon after graduating from Howard University School of Law, Justice Hinds-Radix joined the legal staff of District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services, where she remained until her Civil Court election in 2001.  While at DC 37, she practiced in the areas of Civil Practice, Bankruptcy, Landlord/Tenant and was the General Counsel of the immigration program; a program which she was instrumental in founding.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Justice Hinds-Radix serves on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the NYS Bar Association.  She is a Master in the American Inns of Court, the Second Vice President of The Judicial Friends and a member of the Board of Directors for the St. Gabriel’s Senior Citizens Center and the St. John’s Bread and Life agency.  Justice Hinds-Radix is also a member of several organizations including the New York State Association of Supreme Court Justices, the New York State Bar Association, the Women in the Courts Committee, the New York Criminal Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the National Association of Women Judges, and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc., as well as being an active participant in several workshops conducted at the Judicial Institute.

Interacting with children and young adults is a passion of Justice Hinds-Radix which she incorporates with her love of the law by being a mentor and advisor to those who seek a career in the legal profession.  Every year, the Judge participates in career day programs at several schools where she educates young people on a career in law and the function of the judiciary. 

Justice Hinds-Radix earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts, her Masters Degree in Political Science from Long Island University and received her Jurist Doctorate Degree from Howard University School of Law.  In addition to being admitted to practice law in the State of New York, Justice Hinds-Radix is also admitted to the United States Federal Court: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 

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