Margarita Lopez Torres

Judicial Experience:

  • Judge, Kings County Surrogate's Court, Elected, 2006 to 2019
  • Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, Elected, 2003 to 2005
  • Judge (assigned), Criminal Court of the City of New York, Kings County, 2001 to 2005
  • Judge (assigned), Family Court of the City of New York, Kings County, 1999 to 2001
  • Judge (assigned), Criminal Court of the City of New York, Kings County, 1996 to 1999

Other Professional Experience:

  • Deputy General Counsel, City of New York - Human Resources Administration, Office of Legal Affairs, Division of Family and Children Services, 1991 to 1992
  • Director of Family Law Unit, Brooklyn Legal Services, Corp. A, 1989 to 1991
  • Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University School of Law, Women's Rights Litigation Clinic, 1990 to 1990
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of New York, Corporation Counsel, 1987 to 1989
  • Managing Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Inc., 1985 to 1987
  • Staff Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Inc., 1981 to 1985
  • Law Graduate, Manhattan Legal Services, Inc., 1979 to 1981
  • Teacher, Substitute Teacher, City of New York, Board of Education, 1974 to 1975

Education:

  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., City University of New York - Queens College, 1974

Admission to the Bar:

  • United States District Court - Eastern District of New York, 1986
  • NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1981

Publications/Lectures:

  • Equal Justice and the Non-English Speaking Litigant: a Call for Adequate Interpretation Services in the New York Courts, a Report of the Social Welfare Law Committee, (co-author), Association of the Bar of the City of New York, The Record, Vol. 49, No. 3, 1994

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Speaker, Various Public Schools, 1993 - 2004
  • Member, Gender Bias Committee of the Brooklyn Criminal Court, 1996 - 1999
  • Trainer on Domestic Violence Issues, North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence, 2002
  • Mentor of Law Students, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, 1995 - 1999
  • Lecturer, Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness Program at Safe Horizon, 2001 - 2001
  • Panelist and Keynote Speaker, Alianza Judicial, Congress of the International Union of Magistrates, in Puerto Rico, 2001 - 2001
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Board Member, Brooklyn Women's Bar Association
  • Member, NYS Women's Bar Association
  • Member, Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage
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