Congratulations to trailblazers Hon. Raja Rajeswari and Hon. Kathryn Paek!

On April 27, Mayor De Blasio swore in or re-appointed 28 new city judges, 20 of whom were women. Among the new judges were Hon. Raja Rajeswari, Staten Island Criminal Court, and Hon. Kathryn Paek, Manhattan Criminal Court. Judge Rajeswari is noted as the first female South Asian Judge in New York and Judge Paek is noted as the first female Korean American judge in New York.

To read AM New York’s coverage on how the faces behind the bench are about to get more diverse, click here. Both judges were born abroad and are sure to bring inspiration to the communities that they represent. Please join AABANY in congratulating them.

(Induction ceremony photo credit: Will Wang, President)