The Honorable J. Machelle Sweeting

Acting Justice, New York State Supreme Court, New York, New York

J. Machelle Sweeting was elected from the historic 10th Municipal Court District in Harlem, New York and currently serves as an Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. Judge Sweeting previously presided, for five years, in the New York County Family Court, over cases involving the most intimate disputes about child custody, visitation, guardianship and domestic violence. In addition, she presided over the nation’s first state-wide “Remote Access” Court, that allowed litigants to appear before the court via video.

Throughout her legal career, Judge Sweeting has remained steadfast in her commitment to ensuring that equality and justice remain at the forefront of our legal system. Prior to ascending to the bench, she served with distinction as an Administrative Law Judge, a Special Referee, an Assistant Corporation Counsel, an Assistant District Attorney, a Law Clerk to a Supreme Court and Appellate Justice and as an Adjunct Law Professor. Judge Sweeting earned her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark New Jersey and received a Certificate of Legal Education from the Eugene Dupuch Law School in Nassau, Bahamas.

Judge Sweeting is the first and only legal practitioner admitted to practice law in New York State (including the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York), Washington DC, the United States Supreme Court, the 2 nd and 4 th Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Judge Sweeting has held leadership positions in several local, state and national organizations including, but not limited to: the Family Court Judge’s Associations of New York City and New York State; the National Bar Association (Vice President of the Law and Religion Section and CoChaplain of the Judicial Council); The New York Women’s Bar Association; the Association of Black Women Attorneys; the Metropolitan Black Bar Association; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; and the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch (Executive Committee, Chair of Religious Affairs and former 2 nd Vice President).

Judge Sweeting is the recipient of many awards. Most importantly, Judge Sweeting is a dedicated mentor to a countless number of students. She empowers them with information about their rights and responsibilities as citizens and encourages them to learn first-hand about the inner-workings of our judicial system. Her dedication to youth dates back to her days as a law student at Rutgers, where she established the law school's first legal training program for high school students.

Judge Sweeting continues to inspire a new generation of civic-minded progressive community leaders to pursue a career in law.