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Joy A. Thompson

Joy A. Thompson

Public Administrator New York County, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 311, New York, NY 10007-4030

Joy A. Thompson, Vice President, has been an active member of WBASNY and the Brooklyn chapter since 2009. This is her second year serving as a WBASNY officer. Last year, she joined WBASNY’s Board as the corresponding secretary. Ms. Thompson has co-chaired WBASNY’s Publicity and Convention committees. In 2012, she received WBASNY’s Doris S. Hoffman Outstanding New Lawyer Award, which she considers a highlight of her career.

In her professional capacity, Ms. Thompson is a “fiduciary of last resort.” Appointed by the Surrogate’s Court in February 2011, she serves as the Deputy Commissioner of the Public Administrator – New York County, a city agency that administers the estates of Manhattan residents who die without a will and without any heirs willing or able to administer their estates. In her role as Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Thompson is responsible for helping to oversee the day-to-day operations of the agency; ensuring the timely and accurate processing of hundreds of estate files; managing a staff comprising investigators, case managers, clerks and bookkeepers; and performing other duties assigned by the Commissioner.

A native New Yorker, Ms. Thompson was raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. After completing her sophomore year at Edward R. Murrow High School, Ms. Thompson moved to North Carolina, where she graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High. She went on to earn B.A. degrees in journalism and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1987). A career in newspaper journalism took Ms. Thompson from North Carolina to Southern California to Northern Virginia, during which time she received several professional writing awards. In 1998, she joined the Editorial Board of the USA Today newspaper, where she helped edit the Opinion Pages. Ms. Thompson worked for USA Today until 2005, when she decided to pursue a law degree.

Ms. Thompson received her J.D. in 2008 from William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she served as Co-Chair of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law (Student Division), and Symposium Editor of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. Immediately following graduation, Ms. Thompson clerked for the Hon. Carol R. Edmead in New York County, from 2008 through 2010. Her life’s pursuits ultimately led Ms. Thompson back to Crown Heights, where she currently resides. She is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.