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Hon. Tandra L. Dawson

New York State Supreme Court, Criminal
Acting Supreme Court Justice, Integrated Domestic Violence Court
New York, NY, USA


Judge Tandra L. Dawson has presided in the New York County Integrated Domestic Violence Court since January 2007.  This unique problem solving court handles a family’s related criminal, matrimonial and family court cases.  Judge Dawson also presided over the Intimate Partner Sex Assault Part which adjudicated sex offenses between intimate and former intimate partners from 2012 to 2013.  She previously served as a Family Court Judge in Bronx County from 1998 to 2006, where she presided over family offense, custody and visitation proceedings. 

Judge Dawson has participated in many panels and presentations on a variety of topics dealing with domestic violence and family related matters including, Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators, IDV Courts-Reducing Burdens on Victims and Families (Jackson, Wyoming ); 20th Annual Fordham Forum on Domestic Violence, Specialized Courts: New Approaches to Domestic Violence and Trafficking ; We All Really Matter, Raising Awareness in the Community About Domestic Violence (Harlem, N.Y.) ; Women and Incarceration (New York County Lawyers Association); CUNY School of Law, Diversity in the Judiciary; Domestic Violence Courts: National Models and Promising Practices (Boston); Family Violence Task Force Seminar (Judicial Institute); The Role of the Judiciary in promoting Gender Justice in Africa (Accra, Ghana); The Battered Woman’s Justice Project Conference (Saint Paul, Minnesota); Understanding Children’s Communications in Custody Conflicts, Lincoln Hearings and Beyond (Association of the Bar of New York City); Integrated Domestic Violence Court Legal Training Program (New York).

Judge Dawson has served on several boards and committees including, The Independent Review Board of the New York State Office of the Ombudsman, The Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee, The Special Commission on the Future of the New York State Courts, The Matrimonial Commission and The Board of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.  As a former member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, she served on several committees including the Children and the Law Committee, the Domestic Violence Task Force and the Matrimonial Law Committee.

Judge Dawson was a recipient of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s Jurist of the Year Award in 2011, Sanctuary for Families CAP Recognition Award in 2005 and The Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence In the Trenches Award in 2016.  

Hon. Tandra L. Dawson is associated with the following items:
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Domestic Violence 2018: Survivors as Defendants, Respondents, and Parole or Clemency Applicants, Friday, February 09, 2018, New York, NY
Web Segment  Web Segment Domestic Violence Victim as Criminal Defendant - Domestic Violence 2018: Survivors as Defendants, Respondents, and Parole or Clemency Applicants, Monday, February 12, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Domestic Violence Victim as Criminal Defendant - Domestic Violence Victim as Criminal Defendant, Monday, February 12, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Domestic Violence Victim as Criminal Defendant - Domestic Violence Victim as Criminal Defendant, Monday, February 12, 2018
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