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Justyn P. Bates

New York State Education Department
State Review Officer, Office of State Review
Albany, NY, USA

Justyn P. Bates, Esq., currently serves as a State Review Officer and director of the Office of State Review at the New York State Education Department, which is responsible for second tier administrative review of more than 200 first tier impartial hearing decisions annually. Prior to serving as a review officer, he was an attorney advisor to several New York review officers. He was also assistant counsel to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and developed interest in special education matters when he addressed, among other things, matters related to the agency’s obligations to provide special education services to youth placed in juvenile justice facilities. Prior to entering the special education field, he served as assistant counsel to the New York State Department of Public Service, litigating energy related matters in administrative proceedings. He also drafted memorandum decisions and formal opinions for the New York Public Service Commission in energy law matters. He served in the New York Unified Court System, first as a judicial extern in the Family Court and Supreme Court and later as an appellate court attorney for the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court. Prior to earning his J.D. at Albany Law School of Union University, he graduated with an M.A. in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and a B.A. in religious studies from Siena College.

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