Groundbreaking: All-Black Women Judges Panel Presides Over New York Court Proceedings


In a groundbreaking milestone for the New York legal system, an all-Black women judges panel made history as they presided over arguments at the Appellate Division First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

The momentous occasion, reported by the New York Law Journal, marks a significant step forward in diversity and representation within the judiciary.

Leading the distinguished panel was Presiding Justice Dianne T. Renwick, alongside esteemed justices Tanya Kennedy, Marsha D. Michael, Bahaati Pitt-Burke, and Troy Webber.

Together, they formed a formidable team, bringing a wealth of experience, expertise, and a commitment to justice to the courtroom.

The presence of this all-Black women judges panel not only signifies progress but also serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring legal professionals, particularly women of color, who seek to break barriers and shatter glass ceilings within the legal profession.

Their collective achievement underscores the importance of diversity in the judiciary and highlights the invaluable contributions that individuals from all backgrounds bring to the administration of justice.

As New York continues to strive for greater inclusivity and representation in its legal institutions, the historic occasion serves as a reminder of the ongoing journey towards a more equitable and diverse judiciary, reflective of the communities it serves.