The New York State Bar Association will honor Barbadian-born Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix with its 14th annual Diversity Trailblazer Award on Jan. 14.
The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion will present the award during the association’s 142nd-annual meeting in Manhattan.
“Associate Justice Hinds-Radix of the Appellate Division, Second Department, will be honored for her extraordinary efforts to create opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds, mentor other lawyers, and promote equality and diversity in the workplace,” the Association said in a statement.
“All those who enter her courtroom are shown courtesy and respect,” the statement read. “And she has made it her mission to mentor law students and to foster the leadership development of colleagues and those she meets through her bar activities.”
Justice Hinds-Radix was the first administrative judge of Caribbean descent in Brooklyn’s Supreme Court.
During her tenure, she developed a summer-internship program for law students at the Supreme Court, which still serves 120 students from diverse backgrounds annually.
She is also the co-chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section’s yearly program on career strategies for attorneys of color.
“Justice Hinds-Radix is a leader and a role model with a heartfelt interest in the well-being of others,” the Association said in its statement. “She truly is a trailblazer.”
Hinds-Radix was elected to Kings County’s Supreme Court in 2004, and reelected to another 14-year term in November.
The justice said she has a passion for interacting with children and young adults, which she incorporates with her love of the law by being “a mentor and advisor to those who seek a career in the legal profession.” — Nelson King