Judge Faviola Soto, the first Dominican judge in New York and the first Hispanic to sit in the Court of Claims, was born and raised in Hamilton Heights. Her parents, Ana and Rafael, were born in the Dominican Republic and emigrated to New York City in the late 1940s: Ana to escape the dictator Trujillo and Rafael brought at age 14 by his mother who was escaping domestic violence. Ana and Rafael met in New York as workers in the garment district and married after he returned from his service in the Army during the Korean War. Judge Soto attended schools in the New York City public school system, graduating from George Washington High School in 1970. She received her B.A. degree from the City College of New York in 1975, with a major in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. Judge Soto received a full scholarship and obtained her law degree from New York Law School in 1978. She was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in March, 1979.
Judge Soto began working at Bronx Legal Services in 1978, providing free legal services to indigents. She entered into private practice in 1980 and continued as a solo practitioner in 1982, running a general civil and criminal practice in Manhattan and the Bronx. During that time she also presided over Child Support cases as a Hearing Examiner in Family Court. For almost ten years she specialized in the areas of Family Court working as an 18B attorney. In 1993 she was selected to run for a judgeship in the 7th Municipal District, which is composed of Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights and Inwood, and was elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York. She was re-elected in 2003, serving until 2006; she also served as Acting Justice on the Supreme Court of New York County, appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, from 2002 to 2006; and has served on the New York State Court of Claims, to which she was appointed by Governor George Pataki, since 2006. Justice Soto is the proud mother of six children and grandmother of seven grandchildren. Read More!
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