Judge Rita Mella was born and raised in Santo Domingo and moved to New York City in the 1980s. She came to the United States when she was 22 years old, on a scholarship to the University of Florida, and received her J.D. degree from the City University of New York Law School in 1991. Mella served as court attorney and law clerk for Hon. Richard Rivera of the Kings County Family, Civil and Supreme Courts until 2002 and for Hon. Margarita López Torres of the Kings County Surrogate's and Criminal Courts through 2006. She was elected to the Civil Court in 2006, and served in Criminal Court for the next seven years. In 2012, Judge Mella became the first Latina elected to sit on the prestigious New York County Surrogate's Court in Manhattan. Read More
PLEASE JOIN US FOR: The Dominican Intellectual Legacy Gala on December 6th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the magnificent Great Hall of the City College of New York on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute.
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