Justice Lizbeth González, a proud SBU alumna, was recently elevated to the Appellate Division, First Department, by Governor Andrew Cuomo. She previously served both as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department, a position she held since July 2016, and as a Supreme Court Justice, Civil Branch, a position to which she was elected in Bronx County effective January 2016.
Prior to these positions, she was an Acting Supreme Court Justice for the Supreme Court’s Civil Branch in Bronx County from 2011 – 2015. She also served as Judge for the NYC Civil Court from 2005 – 2010, and Judge for the Housing Part of the NYC Civil Court from 1999 – 2004.
Justice González was an Assistant Attorney General for the NYS Department of Law from 1990 – 1995, an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the NYC Law Department from 1987 – 1990, and a Senior Attorney for MFY Legal Services from 1980 – 1986. She obtained a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Anthropology from Stony Brook University. Several of her Stony Brook interns have attended law school, passed the bar examination and are awaiting bar admission. Justice González, a Visiting Scholar and member of the Algonquian Language Revitalization Project here at SBU, encourages fellow alumni to mentor SBU students because “They’re the best!”