From Brooklyn Federal Court
Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York announced recently that Judge Judith Sheindlin, best known to many the longtime host of TV’s “Judge Judy,” will be speaking at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse Naturalization ceremony on Friday, Nov. 1.
The Eastern District of New York is one of the most diverse districts in the United States and is in the top three of 94 district courts in the number of new citizens who are naturalized each year. The Eastern District naturalizes more than 60,000 new citizens annually at both the Theodore Roosevelt Courthouse in Brooklyn and the Alphonse D’Amato Courthouse in Suffolk County.
Sheindlin was born in Brooklyn in 1942, the daughter of a dentist and a homemaker, and graduated from James Madison High School before going on to American University in Washington, D.C. She has described her father as “the greatest thing since sliced bread” and “a meat and potatoes kind of gal.” She graduated from New York Law School in 1963 and later became a prosecutor in Family Court.
Judge Sheindlin was appointed to the bench in Family Court in 1982 by Mayor Ed Koch. In 1986, she was appointed the supervising judge in the Manhattan division of the Family Court, a position she held until she retired in 1996. The TV reality show “Judge Judy,” now in its 18th season, premiered in September 1996.
The Naturalization ceremony will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m., and will be presided over by Chief Judge Amon.