Joseph A. Zayas

Judicial Experience:

  • Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Queens County, Re-Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti, 2012 to Present
  • Judge, Court of Claims, Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, 2012 to Present
  • Administrative Judge, Criminal Matters, 11th Judicial District, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti, 2013 to Present
  • Judge, New York City Criminal Court, Queens County, Appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, 2003 to 2009; Re-appointed by Mayor Bloomberg, 2010 to 2019
  • Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Queens County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, 2010 to 2011

Other Professional Experience:

  • Principal Court Attorney, Supreme Court Justice Rolando T. Acosta, 1998 to 2003
  • Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Capital Defense Unit, 1996 to 1997
  • Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, 1993 to 1996
  • Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, 1991 to 1993
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, 1988 to 1991

Education:

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Fordham University, College at Lincoln Center, 1985

Admission to the Bar:

  • NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1989

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Committee Member, Committee on the Future of Criminal Indigent Defense Services, 2004 - present
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1991 - present
  • Committee Member, Criminal Courts Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1991 - 1992
  • Member, Puerto Rican Bar Association, 1998 - present
  • Member, Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, 1999 - present
  • Member, National Hispanic Bar Association, 2004 - present
  • Member, Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, 2003 - present
  • Member, Cervantes Society, 2001 - present
  • Soccer Coach, Little Neck Douglaston Youth Club, 1999 - present
  • Basketball and Football Coach, DAC Youth Club, 2003 - present
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