Jurist of the Year: Honorable Marguerite Grays
Eleventh Judicial District and Presiding Justice - Commercial Division
Hon. Marguerite A. Grays received her undergraduate degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She received her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law.
Justice Grays began her legal career 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 the Fall of 2005, Justice Grays was selected as one of the first two Justices to preside over the Queens County Commercial Division. Justice Grays is the Presiding Justice of the Queens County Commercial Division, and the Residential Foreclosure Part. In 2015, she was appointed as the Deputy Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, Eleventh Judicial District.
Justice Grays is Chairperson of the Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts of the Queens Supreme Court, Civil Term; Secretary for the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ); a member of the Board of Trustees for the Law Library of Queens County, 11th Judicial District - Supreme Court; 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; Co-Chairperson of the Nominations Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY); Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Queens County Women’s Bar Association (QCWBA); a member of the Scholarship Committee for the Queens County Bar Association; a member of the Queens College Paralegal Advisory Board; and a member of the Statewide Foreclosure Working Group. 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; former member of the New York State Lawyer’s Assistance Trust Judge Advisory Panel, appointed by former Chief Judge Judith Kaye; and City Co-Chair of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s Access to Justice Task Force, Simplification Committee, Foreclosure Subcommittee. Justice Grays was also the first African-American President of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association.
Justice Grays is a member of Queens County Women’s Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Queens County Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, New York City Supreme Court Justices Association, New York State Supreme Court Justices Association, and American Bar Association.