Surrogate’s judge swears in at packed Supreme Court ceremony

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Justice Harriet L. Thompson enters the courtroom to a standing ovation.
From left, Justice Diana Johnson, Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Frank Seddio, Justice Harriet L. Thompson, and Justice Priscilla Hall recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte speaks during the ceremony.
Justice Harriet L. Thompson recites the ceremonial oath.
Justice Lawrence Knipel and Justice David Vaughan flash smiles.
Justice Sylvia G. Ash congratulates Justice Harriet L. Thompson after the ceremony.
Left, Borough President Adams’ senior advisor, Ingrid Lewis-Martin, presents Justice Harriet L. Thompson with a citation from the office of the Borough President.
From left, Court Attorney Olufunmilola Oquntude-Waterman and Executive Secretary to Judge Larry Knipel, Mary Griffith.
From left, Justice Connie Melendez and Justice Rosemarie Montalbano pose together.
From left, Justice Genine Edwards, Justice Sylvia G. Ash, Justice Rosemarie Montalbano, Justice Carolyn Walker-Diallo, and Justice Lorna McAlister celebrate.

Brooklyn’s new Surrogate’s Court Judge, Harriet Thompson, celebrated the start of her term with peers and politicos during her official swearing-in ceremony at Kings County Supreme Court on Jan. 24.

Voters elected Thompson to the Surrogate’s Court bench last November, and she succeeds Judge Diana Johnson, who recently retired from the post overseeing cases that include matters involving wills, estates, and adoptions.

Thompson brings a trove of experience to her new appointment. She ran her eponymous Fort Greene–based law firm, Harriet Thompson and Associates, LLP, for years before being elected to the Kings County Civil Court bench in 2010. The judge is also a member of both the Brooklyn Bar Association and Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, as well as a former treasurer for the Kings County Housing Court Bar Association. Former Treasurer, Kings County Housing Court Bar Association.

Posted 12:00 am, February 1, 2019
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