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Hon.Gloria  Sosa-Lintner (Ret.)

Hon.Gloria Sosa-Lintner (Ret.)

New York County Family Court
New York, NY, USA

Judge Gloria Sosa-Lintner was born in New York City and educated in the public school system. She was graduated from Barnard College in 1970 and New York University Law School in 1975.

Judge Sosa-Lintner began her legal career practicing labor and employment law. She  served as an Administrative Law Judge, a Special Referee, and a part-time Hearing Examiner during the time she was a sole practitioner in the Bronx from 1982 through 1985. On October 31, 1985, she was appointed as a full-time Hearing Examiner (now called Support Magistrate), beginning her career in the Family Court.

She was appointed as a Family Court Judge by Mayor Edward I. Koch in 1988, and reappointed in 1992 by Mayor David Dinkins. In 2002 and 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg reappointed her with her term ending August 30, 2022.  However, she retired on February 26, 2016.

As a Judge, she presided in the Bronx and Manhattan over all-purpose parts from 1988 though 1997, when the Family Court decided to have Judges assigned to specialty parts for Child Protective, Custody/Guardianship and Domestic Violence  and Juvenile Justice Proceedings.  From March 1998 through October 2009, Judge Sosa-Lintner presided over the New York County Family Treatment Court, a unique court-based intervention program designed to deal with substance abusing parents involved in Child protective proceedings.  This Court became a nationwide model with Judge Sosa-Lintner participating as a faculty member and developer of training sponsored by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.  From 2009 through her retirement, she presided over custody/guardianship and Domestic Violence cases.

Judge Sosa-Lintner is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, having served as its first woman president from 1985-1986. She served as a board member and member of the Latino Judges Association (formerly the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage) and the NYS and NYC Family Court Judges Associations. In addition, she actively participated on the Family Court Advisory Committee for the First Department, the NYS Commission on Drugs and the Court and the OCFS Ombudsman Committee.  She is a member of the NYS Bar Association, the City Bar Association and the American Bar Association.


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