Hon. Lizbeth Gonzalez attended the State University of New York (SUNY)-Stony Brook University and studied as an exchange student at la Universidad de Puerto Rico. She graduated with her B.A. in Anthropology in 1974. In 1979, she received her Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law, where she received the Gussie Chimsky Memorial Prize and was recognized as the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar. She was awarded a Visiting Attorney Fellowship at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund.
In 1980, she became a Staff Attorney with MFY Legal services until 1986. In 1987, she became an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department until 1990 where she became an Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Department of Law. In 1999, she began her judicial career as a Housing Part Judge for the New York City Civil Court until 2004. She served as a Judge for the New York City Civil Court from 2005 to 2010. Then in 2010 she became a Judge for New York City Family Court. The following year she became an Acting Supreme Court Justice for the Supreme Court’s Civil Branch until 2015. On November 1, 2019, she was appointed as an Associate Justice to the Appellate Division, First Department.
She has served Administrative Judge for the Environmental Control Board and the Taxi and Limousine Commission. She was the Director of Legal Services for the American Indian Law Alliance, the former President of the Latino Judges Association, and the former President of the Network of Bar Leaders. Currently she serves as co-chair on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Committee of the New York Federal-State-Tribal Courts and Indian Nations Justice Forum.
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