On November 3, 2020, Lizette Colon was elected a Supreme Court Justice of the State of New York and is assigned to Richmond County. Prior to her supreme court election, Judge Colon was designated an Acting Supreme Court Judge January 2019 and assigned to handle all discovery matters in Supreme Court Kings County, Civil Term. Initially elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York, November 2014, Judge Colon was assigned to preside over the Consumer Debt Part in Kings and Richmond counties. Judge Colon is the current Chair of the Veterans Committee for the Puerto Rican Bar Association, a past president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild, a board member of On Your Mark (a NFP assisting the developmentally disabled) and a LTC (retired) Army Reserve Officer. Judge Colon is a member of numerous Bar Associations.
Judge Colon’s career in the courthouse commenced as a Court Interpreter (Spanish) in 1991. Her parents migrated to NYC from the island of Puerto Rico and although she was born and raised in NYC, she retained her ethnic language and culture. In 1996 after taking a promotional civil service exam, Lizette was promoted to Senior Court Clerk, assigned to Supreme Court New York County, Criminal Term. She attended law school at night, while working full time as a Senior Court Clerk. Lizette received her JD from Brooklyn Law School in 1998. She worked as a Court Attorney assisting unrepresented litigants and then for Justice Kenneth P. Sherman, before being elected a judge. Lizette is the mother of an adult son on the autism spectrum and an avid scuba diver. She joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1984 and became an officer in the Military Intelligence Corp. Major Colon was mobilized for the Global War on Terror, serving on active duty from 2003 to 2005 both at the Pentagon and Iraq, in support of special operations. LTC Colon retired May 2014 after 30 years of service.