The Honorable Javier E. Vargas is currently a Judge in the Family Court of the State of New York, Kings County, appointed in 2015. Between 2013 and 2015, Judge Vargas served as a Civil Court Judge assigned to the Housing Part in Bronx County. Prior thereto, Judge Vargas served with distinction for the New York State Unified Court System since 1993 in various capacities, including Senior Court Attorney in the New York State Court of Appeals, Principal Law Clerk in Supreme Court and the Appellate Division for 14 years, and Chief Court Attorney for the NYS Supreme Court’s Appellate Term. Judge Vargas received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, law degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Law, and a Masters of Law degree from New York University School of Law in 1993.
Judge Vargas is actively involved with the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) as a Regional Deputy President, the Latino Judges Association and the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges, where he sits as a board member. He has served as HNBA Secretary of Elections; President-Elect of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA); Chair of the PRBA Scholarship Fund Selection Committee and Committee Member of the LGBT Bar Association Judicial Internship Committee, selecting hundreds of law students scholarship recipients; and Co-Chair of the HNBA-NY Law School-Sin Limites Program, working with a team of HNBA members to mentor dozens of high school and college students on their path to law school. He has moderated and lectured on numerous panels of Continuous Legal Education courses, and received several accolades, including the 2020 SUNY Law School OutLaw Award, 2018 Spirit Award by the Cervantes Society, 2017 HNBA Latino Judge of the Year and the 2016 Special Recognition Award by the National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference. He is dedicated to a number of other charitable and cultural organizations, such as the Volunteer Lawyers Project, as well as professional bar associations, like the New York City Bar Association and the LGBT Bar Association of New York.
Judge Vargas was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, graduated from the Catholic school, Colegio San Felipe, and came to New York in order to pursue his undergraduate education and subsequently his legal studies. He lives in New York County with his beloved husband, Dr. Daisuke Akiba, a tenured professor at CUNY Queens College, and their darling dogs.