Michele S. Rodney Appointed to Serve as Judge
New York, NY —
Michele S. Rodney was appointed by Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York and confirmed by the Senate to serve as a Judge in the New York Court of Claims on Wednesday June 20, 2018.
The prestigious appointment is for a nine-year term. The Court of Claims oversees monetary claims against the State of New York and State related agencies and authorities. As a Judge of the Court of Claims, Judge Rodney will also serve as an Acting Justice of the State of New York Supreme Court.
Judge Rodney, once confirmed unanimously by the Senate, was immediately sworn in by Administrative Judge of the New York Court of Claims, Judge Richard Sise. On hand for the swearing in were Judge Rodney’s parents Faye and Karl Rodney, and sister Karlisa Rodney. Judge Rodney will take up her assignment in the County of New York. Judge Rodney becomes the fourth woman of color to be appointed to the Court of Claims in the Court’s 108 year history, and follows in the footsteps of Judge Dorothy Cooper, the distinguished jurist of Caribbean background.
Michele Rodney was born in the US to Jamaican parents. She attended St. John’s University Law School with a distinguished scholastic record. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx, handling the full range of cases for 17 years, with a fine record of accomplishment, including some major trials.
Michele Rodney then went on to academia where she was named Dean of the School of Criminal Justice of Monroe College, with campuses in the Bronx and New Rochelle, New York. There, Dean Rodney grew the program to one of the largest Private School of Criminal Justice in New York State, and expanded the program to include advanced degrees and added a degree in Human Services.
It was this strong combination of outstanding courtroom experience, plus strong achievement in academia that made her such an attractive candidate for a judgeship. Judge Rodney remarked that this was a lifelong ambition of mine to use my experience in the arena of Public Service and being a Judge in the Court of Claims of New York has fulfilled that goal”. She went on to say- “I am moved and so appreciative of Governor Cuomo for this appointment and pledge to do my best to advance the cause of justice”.
Judge Rodney appeared before the Judiciary Committee of the Senate, headed by Senator John Bonacic. Senators Jamaal Bailey, Luis Sepulveda, Toby Stavisky and George Amedore Jr. spoke on her behalf in support of her nomination, which was unanimously approved by the Committee.
On the floor of the Senate, Senator Kevin Parker, 21st District. spoke on behalf of the Senate, citing her outstanding career and community service, and the role her parents played in the community.
The full Senate unanimously voted for confirmation, to a full applause. At the Swearing-in, Judge Rodney thanked her parents for York State Court of Claims.