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Joy A. Thompson

Joy A. Thompson

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

Joy A. Thompson, Corresponding Secretary, 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 the estates. In her role of 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.

Ms. Thompson has been an active member of the Brooklyn Chapter since 2009, where she currently serves as a Vice President. She also serves as a Co-Chair of WBASNY’s Publicity Committee, a position she has held for the past two years. In 2014, Ms. Thompson co-chaired WBASNY’s Convention Committee. And, in 2012, Ms. Thompson received WBASNY’s Doris S. Hoffman Outstanding New Lawyer Award.

A former journalist, 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 for the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. Immediately following graduation, Ms. Thompson worked for two years as an assistant law clerk for the Hon. Carol R. Edmead, Justice of the Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County. She has been admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

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. That pursuit ultimately led Ms. Thompson back to Crown Heights, where she currently happily resides.