Rolando T. Acosta

Judicial Experience:

  • Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department (January, 2008)
  • Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Elected, 2003 to 2008
  • Acting Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 2001 to 2002
  • Judge, NYC Civil Court, 1998 to 2002

Other Professional Experience:

  • Director of Government Civil Practice, Legal Aid Society, 1995 to 1997
  • Attorney in Charge, Brooklyn, Legal Aid Society (Civil), 1994 to 1995
  • First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Comm. on Human Rights, 1992 to 1993
  • Deputy Commissioner, NYC Comm. on Human Rights, 1988 to 1992
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, 1982 to 1988

Biographical Data:

  • He has served as Board Member of the alumni associations of both Columbia College and Law School and has been actively involved in numerous other community, civic, legal, and quasi-government organizations, including The Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections and the Continuing Legal Education Board (CLE). He is currently on the Board of Advisors of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law School and is a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. Justice Acosta was the starting pitcher for Columbia College and received every athletic prize that can be awarded to a pitcher by the Ivy League and the Intercollegiate Baseball League during four years of varsity play, including First team All Ivy League three times and Pitcher of the Year twice. Justice Acosta still holds Columbia's season and career wins records and was inducted to the Columbia University Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2008. He resides in Northern Manhattan with his family.

Education:

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., Columbia College, 1979

Admission to the Bar:

  • Appellate Division, First Department, 1983

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Board Member, of the alumni associations of both Columbia College and Law School
  • The Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections
  • Continuing Legal Education Board (CLE)
  • Board of Advisors, Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law School
  • Fellow, New York Bar Foundation
  • Starting pitcher, First team All Ivy League three times and Pitcher of the Year twice, Columbia's season and career wins records, inducted to the Columbia University Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2008, Columbia College
  • Columbia University Medal for Excellence, Columbia University, 2000