Written by National Association of Women Judges|June 29, 2020|News
NAWJ congratulates Honorable Marguerite Grays on her appointment as Administrative Judge for Civil Matters of the 11th Judicial District. Justice Grays membership with NAWJ began in 2008. She is currently President of NAWJ New York Chapter.
Justice Gray’s legal career began as a Staff Attorney at Queens Legal Services, where she represented indigent clients in the local community. Thereafter, she worked as a Staff Attorney at 1115 Pre-Paid Legal Services. In 1987, her legal career path lead to the Unified Court System where she held the positions of Law Assistant for New York City Civil Court Judge Albert J. Grant and, thereafter, Principal Law Clerk for New York State Supreme Court Justices Joscelyn E. Smith and Frederick D.R. Sampson.
In November 2000, Justice Grays was elected Judge of the New York City Civil Court, Queens County. She served in that capacity until her election in November 2002 to the New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, where she presently sits. In 2005, Justice Grays was selected as one of the first two Justices to preside over the Queens County Commercial Division, which was established in the Fall of that year. Justice Grays is the Presiding Justice of the Queens County Commercial Division. In 2015, she was appointed as the Deputy Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, Eleventh Judicial District. In November 2016, Justice Grays was re-elected for a second term to the New York State Supreme Court.
Justice Grays is Chairperson of the Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts of the Queens Supreme Court, Civil Term; a member of the Board of Directors for the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA); a committee member of the Judicial Hearing Officer Selection Advisory Committee for the Second Department; Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Queens County Women’s Bar Association (QCWBA); a member of the Scholarship Committee for the Queens County Bar Association; and a former member of the Queens College Paralegal Advisory Board. She has also held the positions of Past President and Board of Director of the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA); past Chairperson of the Women In the Law Committee for the Queens County Bar Association; and former co-chairperson of the Nominations Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). Justice Grays was also the first African-American President of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association. Justice Grays is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, Queens County Bar Association, the New York City Supreme Court Justices Association, the New York State Supreme Court Justices Association and the Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association.
Justice Grays received her undergraduate degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She received her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law.