Judicial Section - Hon. Cheryl Chambers

Judicial-Judge Cheryl Chambers



Hon. Cheryl E. Chambers is Presiding Member of the Judicial Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Justice Chambers is an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. With more than 20 years of service on the bench, she was elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York in 1994, sitting in both the Criminal Court and the Civil Court in New York County.  She was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 1998. Governor Eliot Spitzer appointed her to the Appellate Division in February 2008. In 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed her to a senior “constitutional seat” on the court and the first African American woman to achieve this status.

Prior to her judicial service, she was Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, after serving as a Deputy Chief in the Trial Division and as an assistant district attorney in the Trial and Appeals Bureaus. 

Justice Chambers is a member of House of Delegates and is a Life Fellow and Director of the New York Bar Foundation.  She is a member the Committee on the New York State Constitution, the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Section; and a member of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She was also Chair of the Association’s Bylaws Committee.  She has served in leadership positions in many professional associations including the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association, Judicial Friends and the Association of Supreme Court Justices of the State of New York.

Justice Chambers is a frequent lecturer and has been published numerous times on a wide range of legal subjects including criminal law and procedure, evidence, domestic violence, commercial litigation, trial and appellate practice.

She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers Graduate School of Management, and her Bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Brooklyn College of the City of New York.