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Hon. Juanita Bing Newton

Hon. Juanita Bing Newton has worked for a broad and inclusive concept of diversity, one that is not limited to race, color or ethnicity, throughout her career. Currently serving as Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives, Judge Newton is empowered to evaluate, identify and assess impediments to justice for low income New Yorkers, and to devise and implement initiatives to address them. She also concurrently serves as Administrative Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York. Throughout her career, Judge Newton has been deeply devoted to promoting diversity in New York’s justice system and has both directly and indirectly facilitated diversity in the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys, as well as in the attainment of leadership positions, within all aspects of the New York court system. A mentor and role model for many, including law students, new attorneys and less experienced judges, she strives to educate others and in her role as mentor encourages students’ full involvement in the work of the courts. Judge Newton strives to increase diversity in the legal profession as a whole through public outreach programs and her work on various task forces and committees, and has also promoted continual learning with respect to diverse groups through her access to justice initiatives.