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Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson

Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson

New York State Unified Court System
Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, Office for Justice Initiatives
New York, NY, USA

Edwina G. Mendelson was appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives in July 2017.  Judge Mendelson heads the newly expanded Office for Justice Initiatives (OJI), which is tasked with ensuring meaningful access to justice for all New Yorkers in civil, criminal and family courts, regardless of income, background, or special needs. 

Judge Mendelson is charged with directing several court initiatives including the Access to Justice Program.  Judge Mendelson also provides leadership to many of the state judiciary’s child welfare, juvenile and adolescent justice initiatives, including implementation of the new law raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State.

In addition to her administrative and policy work, Judge Mendelson remains active on the bench.  She presides over the Youth Part in New York County Supreme Court, where she hears cases of children charged with violent felonies under the Juvenile Offender law, and felony matters of those 18 years of age or younger.  Previously, she also frequently presided over criminal court arraignments in New York City.

Judge Mendelson joined the court system as a Court Attorney-Referee in Queens County Family Court.  Earlier in her career, she represented parents and children in New York County Family Court and in matrimonial matters in Supreme Court.  Judge Mendelson served as the very first staff attorney for the Sanctuary for Families Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services.  She also served as an attorney with The Legal Aid Society, Bronx County Civil Division, where she represented indigent clients in Housing Court and in benefits entitlement proceedings. 

Judge Mendelson was first appointed to the Family Court as a judge in 2003.  She served as a trial judge in Queens County Family Court until 2008, when she was appointed Supervising Judge of that Court.  One year later, she was elevated to Administrative Judge of all New York City Family Courts. In October 2015, Judge Mendelson resumed the trial bench to preside over the Youth Part in New York County Supreme Court.  In June 2017, Judge Mendelson was appointed to the Court of Claims by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  She now serves by designation in the New York County Supreme Court Criminal Term. 


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