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Joy A. Thompson

Joy A. Thompson

New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

100 Church Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10007


Joy Anastasia Thompson has been an active member of WBASNY and the Brooklyn chapter since 2009. She joined the Brooklyn Board in 2010, immediately serving as the Recording Secretary, from 2010 to 2012, and then as a Vice President in 2016. In 2017, she became a statewide officer, serving first as Corresponding Secretary, then as a Vice President, then as President-Elect. In 2012, Ms. Thompson received WBASNY’s Doris S. Hoffman Outstanding New Lawyer Award, which she considers a highlight of her career.

Ms. Thompson is committed to promoting the integrity and diversity of the legal profession and serving the underserved. For the past two years, she chaired the Diversity Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association. She also is a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the 2nd, 10th, 11th and 13th Districts (Appellate Division, 2nd Judicial Department). She has volunteered with the Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative and New York Cares, and she is a former mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC. Currently, she is an active member of the Manhattan chapter of Soroptimist International, a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

In her professional capacity, Ms. Thompson works as an Assistant General Counsel with New York City’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). Prior to working with OATH, she served for nine years as the Deputy Commissioner of the Public Administrator – New York County – “a fiduciary of last resort,” charged with administering the estates of Manhattan residents who die without a will and without heirs.

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, from 2008 through 2010, Ms. Thompson clerked for the Hon. Carol R. Edmead in the Civil Branch of New York County Supreme Court. 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.