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