The Honorable Delores J. Thomas

2nd Judicial District - Kings County Supreme Court, Civil Term, Department Part 5T

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Biography

The Hon. Delores J. Thomas is a Justice for the Kings County Supreme Court (Civil Term) in the Second Judicial District of New York. She was elected to the bench in 2007.

Thomas earned a B.A. in political science from Alabama State University. She then completed a J.D. at the University of Georgia School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Thomas worked for the Brooklyn Legal Services as a senior staff attorney specialist from 1978 to 1994. During her tenure there, she specialized in representing low-income tenants in Landlord and Tenant Court. She also performed a brief two-year stint as its Immigration Unit Director in 1988.

While working for the Brooklyn Legal Services, Thomas also served as an administrative law judge for the New York City Parking Violations Bureau (1987 to 1994).

Then, in 1994, she continued her judicial career, this time as a judge for the New York City Housing Court in Kings County. She presided in that capacity until 2003, when she became a judge for the Civil Court of the City of New York in Kings County.

Her memberships have included the Brooklyn Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, and Judicial Friends. She has also served as president and organizer of the Legal Services Staff Association of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers and District 65, United Auto Workers (1987 to 1990).

Her community affiliations have included the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Eastern Star Fraternal Society, and the Church Women United.

Thomas was born and raised in Boligee, Alabama by a family of tenement farmers.

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