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Surrogate’s judge swears in at packed Supreme Court ceremony - Brooklyn Paper

Surrogate’s judge swears in at packed Supreme Court ceremony

Justice Harriet L. Thompson receives her robe and a round of applause during her induction ceremony in the Brooklyn Supreme Court on Jan. 24.
Photos by Caroline Ourso

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.

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