Fern Fisher

New York City Courts

Fern Fisher is the Special Assistant for Social Justice Initiatives to the Dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and is the retired Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts. Much of her career has focused on housing and access issues. She began in the Civil Court as a Legal Services attorney in the Manhattan Housing Court. She has served as the Deputy Director of Harlem Legal Services, Inc.; project director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, where she provided pro bono services to community organizations in Harlem; and Judge of the Housing Part of the Civil Court. She has also served as an Assistant Attorney General of the New York State Department and was a Justice on the Supreme Court of the State of New York. She has hosted public service television shows, issues views in Residential Landlord-Tenant Law, a published practice guide. She is an author of a number of articles on access to justice issues. In 2006, she received the Harvard Law School Gary Bellow Public Interest Award. In 2015, the New York Law Journal selected Justice Fisher “A Lawyer Who Leads By Example.”

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