Biography

Hon. Marcia P. Hirsch is the Presiding Judge of the Queens Drug Treatment Court, the DWI Treatment Court, the Mental Health Court, the Veterans Court and the Drug Diversion Court.  She was appointed to the New York Court of Claims in March 2005 and was assigned to Queens Supreme Court, Criminal Term.  She presided over hearings and trials before she was assigned to the therapeutic courts in October 2005.  Judge Hirsch has lectured extensively on therapeutic justice, trauma-informed courts, and procedural justice.  She is a past president of the New York Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals.  She joined the faculty of the National Judicial College in 2015.

Judge Hirsch is a graduate of Union College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law.  She served for nine years on the Rockville Centre School Board and also was a member of her community’s Drug & Alcohol Task Force.  Prior to taking the bench, Judge Hirsch was the General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal.  Before that, she was in private practice for many years. 

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