Civil Law Section

Provides programs that focus on the law, procedure, practice, techniques and changes to the civil law practice in New York


Co-Chair, Hon. Dakota Ramseur


Co-Chair, Hon. Lisa Ottley

The Hon. Lisa S. Ottley is an Acting Supreme Court Justice in Kings County-Brooklyn, where she presides over Guardianship matters, a Motion Part and Trials. In addition, Judge Ottley presides over weekend arraignments in Kings County. She was elected to the Civil Court in 2008. In 2010, she was appointed the Supervising Judge of the Civil Court. Prior to her appointment as Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, she presided over cases in both the Civil and Family Court in Kings County. As Supervising Judge of the Civil Court, Kings County she presided over the Trial Assignment Part in Civil Court, and the overall case management of the Civil Court in Kings County.

She is the first African-American Judge to be appointed as Supervising Judge of the Civil Court in Kings County and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law. Justice Ottley is the recipient of several honors and awards from various civic groups and organizations, such as the NYPD Guardians Association, the 42nd A.D. Democratic Club, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, the Kings County Housing Bar Association, Kings County Courts Gender Awareness Committee, and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. Judge Ottley remains actively involved in the communities of Brooklyn, New York. She has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., since 1984 and remains committed to providing community service to all mankind.