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Hon. Lillian Wan

New York County Supreme Court, Civil Branch

New York, NY, USA


Judge Wan was appointed to the New York State Court of Claims by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 20, 2018.  Judge Wan is currently designated as an Acting Supreme Court Justice in New York County Supreme Court, Civil Division.  Judge Wan presides over an Integrated Guardianship Part, where she hears cases involving tenants who are the subject of both a Civil Court, Housing Part case and a Supreme Court Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 case.  Prior to that Judge Wan was a Family Court judge, appointed to the bench by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2012, and served in both Bronx County Family Court and Kings County Family Court hearing cases involving child abuse and neglect, custody, visitation, family offenses and juvenile delinquency.  Judge Wan also presided over “crossover youth” cases which involved children in foster care who are subsequently arrested and enter the juvenile justice system.  Prior to taking the bench, Judge Wan was a Court Attorney-Referee in Kings County Surrogate's Court where she handled adoption, guardianship, and trusts and estates matters.  In this capacity, Judge Wan conducted pre-trial and settlement conferences with attorneys and self-represented litigants and presided over guardianship hearings involving disabled adults and kinship hearings to determine who inherits an estate.  Judge Wan also served for nine years as a trial attorney at the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) in the Family Court Legal Services Division, where she tried and supervised hundreds of abuse and neglect trials.  

Judge Wan earned her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and her law degree from Albany Law School, where she served on the Albany Law Review.  Judge Wan formerly chaired the Family Court and Family Law Committee at the City Bar, served on the City Bar’s Nominating Committee, and is now serving on the Encourage Judicial Service Committee.  Judge Wan was also appointed to serve on the New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics.  Judge Wan also serves as a board member for the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association.  Judge Wan also served on the board of the New York State Family Court Judges Association and was the past Vice President and Secretary of the New York City Family Court Judges Association.  Judge Wan was recently elected as President of the Asian American Judges Association of New York.    
Judge Wan has also been selected to serve on the Unified Court System’s Advisory Committee on Court Interpreting and the Appellate Division Second Department Mental Health Professional Certification Committee, a committee charged with assessing the qualifications of potential court appointed mental health experts.  Judge Wan is the former co-chair of the Government and Public Sector Committee for the Asian American Bar Association of New York.  Judge Wan has been an active participant in the National Association of Women Judges “Color of Justice” Program, which has been geared towards introducing NYC high school students to the legal profession.  Judge Wan regularly participates in various “Meet the Judges” events in the community and has presented on career panels at various NYC schools.
 
Hon. Lillian Wan is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Hot Topics in Child Custody, Visitation & Guardianship for New York Practitioners 2019, Tuesday, April 09, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Hot Topics in Child Custody, Visitation & Guardianship for New York Practitioners 2019, Tuesday, April 09, 2019, New York, NY
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