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Lucy Billings

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Lucy Billings
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Current Court Information:
New York County Supreme Court, New York
Position:   Acting Justice
Active:   2005 - 2017
Past position:   New York City Criminal Courts
Past term:   1998 to 1998
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   Smith College
Law School:   University of California

Lucy Billings is an acting justice for the New York County Supreme Court, Civil Term in the 1st Judicial District of New York. She was appointed to this position in 2005. She is also a judge of the New York City Civil Court and her current judicial term expires in 2017.[1][2]


Billings received her B.A. degree from Smith College in 1970 and her J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law in 1973.[1]


  • 1973: Began her career as a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid
  • 1975-1976: Worked as a representative for the Utah Legal Clinic Foundation
  • 1976-1978: Joined Utah Legal Services, working as: the Supervisor of the Public Benefits and Health Unit
  • 1978-1982: A Senior Attorney with Utah Legal Services, (with one break from this service in 1980)
  • 1980-1982: Chairperson of the Public Benefits and Health Task Forces
  • 1982: Director of Legal Support for Community Action for Legal Services
  • 1982-1986: Worked for Bronx Legal Services as the Director of Litigation
  • 1986: Became staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union National Headquarters
  • 1989-1997: Bronx Legal Services, working as the Director of Special Litigation and Training
  • 1996-1997: Worked as a consultant for the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp.[1]

Judicial career

Billings was appointed judge of the New York City Civil Court in 1997. The following year, she was appointed to the New York City Criminal Court. She returned to the Civil Court one year later in 1999. She was elected to a new term on this court in 2008. Since 2005, however, she has served as an acting justice of the New York County Supreme Court, New York.[1]


  • The Proposed "Class Action Fairness Act", 54 Record 637, 1999
  • The Future of Legal Service: Legal and Ethical Implications of the LSC Restrictions, 25 Fordham Urb. L.J. 608, 1998
  • Local and Federal Statutory and Regulatory Bases for Preventing Lead Poisoning, 26 Trial Lawyers Q. 32, 1996
  • Tenants of Federally Financed Housing Lose Rights to lead Paint Abatement, 26 Clearinghouse Rev. 1583, 1993
  • Developing Regulations for the Safe Abatement of Lead Paint, N.Y.U. Envtl. L. J. 7, 1992
  • The Choice Between Living with Family Members and Eligibility for Government Benefits Based on Need: A Constitutional Dilemma, Utah L. Rev. 695, 1986
  • Federal Practice Manual for Legal Services Attorneys, 1989
  • Federal Task Force on Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction and Financing, Putting the Pieces Together: Controlling Lead Hazards in the Nation's Housing: Dissenting Views, 1995[1]

Memberships and associations

  • Member of the National Association of Women Judges
  • On the Judicial Seminars Curriculum Committee from 1999 to 2002
  • Member with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member of the New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member of the New York Women's Bar Association
  • Member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and Institute
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association Civil Rights Committee
  • Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association from 1973 to 1997
  • Committee Member on the Utah Bar Association Administrative Procedure Committee from 1976 to 1982
  • Member of the Vermont Bar Association
  • Co-founder/Board of Directors/Chairperson of the New York City Coalition to End Lead Poisoning from 1983 to 1997[1]

2009 election

Billings was re-elected in 2009, defeating Sherilyn Dandridge to retain this position on November 3, 2009.[3]

Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyElection %
Lucy Billings ApprovedA Yes1st DistrictDemocratic53%
Sherilyn Dandridge No1st DistrictRepublican12.6%

Notable cases

Occupy Wall Street injunction

On November 15, 2011, New York City police cleared Zuccotti Park, the home of the Occupy Wall Street movement, of protesters and their encampments. This came almost two months after the protests began. Lawyers for a number of protesters immediately filed for a temporary restraining order, which would stop the city from evicting or arresting the "occupiers". Judge Billings granted the temporary injunction, and scheduled a hearing over the matter for the morning of November 15th.[4] To see injunction, click here

In response to Billings's order, the City of New York refused to allow protesters back in the park before a hearing in the afternoon of November 15 before a different judge.[5]

Judge Michael D. Stallman was chosen to hear the case that afternoon. Stallman reversed Lucy Billings' earlier injunction, ruling in favor of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had given the order for the eviction. Stallman's ruling said that protesters would be able to return to the park, but they would have to do so without their tents, sleeping bags, and other belongings.[6][7] Stallman wrote, “(the protesters) have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators and other installations to the exclusion of the owner’s reasonable rights and duties to maintain Zuccotti Park, or to the rights to public access of others who might wish to use the space safely.”[8]

See also

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