Judge Profile

Doris Ling-Cohan

Judicial Experience:

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department, 2014 to present
  • Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Civil, Elected, 2003 to 2016
  • Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County, 1996 to 2002

Other Professional Experience:

  • Associate Counsel, N.Y.C. Department for the Aging, 1993 to 1994
  • Assistant Attorney General, New York State Attorney General's Office, 1986 to 1991
  • Senior Staff Attorney, Managing Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Bedford Stuyvesant Legal Services, 1979 to 1986
  • Law Professor, City University of New York Law - Queens College


  • J.D., New York University
  • B.A., Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Admission to the Bar:

  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1981
  • NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1980
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1980


  • Social Security Disability Insurance/Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • A Manual for Mental Health Advocates in New York City
  • Rights of Adult Home Residents
  • How to Try or Defend a Civil Case When You Don't Have a Lawyer, Office of Court Administration

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Member, Chief Judge's Judicial Advisory Council
  • Commissioner, Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission
  • President, NAPABA Judicial Council, 2010 - Present
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Former Liaison, Network of Bar Leaders (Representing the Asian American Bar Association)
  • Founding Board Member, Former Officer, Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
  • Mediation Advisory Council, Safe Horizons
  • Founder, Safe Horizon Mediation Program in the Civil Court, New York County
  • Tort Advisory Committee, New York County Supreme Court
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges
  • Speaker, Not Just Blacks and Jews in Conversation
  • Principal for the Day, Student Mentoring/Intern Speaking Programs
  • Board Member, Council for Unity

Judges Practice:

  • Individual Judges' Rules Non Commercial Division
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