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Hon. Lourdes M. Ventura

Hon. Lourdes M. Ventura

Queens County Civil Court, 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Room 361, Jamaica, NY 11435

Hon. Lourdes M. Ventura, Corresponding Secretary, is currently Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York in Queens County. Ms. Ventura was previously a partner at the law firm of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus which specialized in all aspects of civil litigation. Ms. Ventura is a former Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office where she prosecuted cases and investigated complaints involving discrimination in housing, education, and other areas.

Additionally, Ms. Ventura previously served in the New York State Senate in various capacities, including Special Counsel to the New York State Senate Majority Conference, Counsel for Latino and Immigrant Affairs, and Deputy Chief of Staff overseeing the Policy and Finance departments.

Ms. Ventura serves on the Grievance Committee for the Queens County Bar Association as well as the Board of Trustees for the Queens Supreme Court Law Library. She has previously served as Vice President and Treasurer of WBASNY.

Ms. Ventura was the first Latina to have served as President of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association and is also past President of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County. Under her leadership, Latino Lawyers was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association 2005 Award of Merit for local bar associations for its work with the Street Law en Español Program.

A mother and lifelong Queens resident, Ms. Ventura is involved in several local civic organizations. Ms. Ventura was featured in Quisqueya Life, a Dominican news publication that detailed her achievements as one of four women of Dominican heritage with political power in New York. Congressman Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) read the article into the Congressional Record on May 15, 2003.

Ms. Ventura has been the recipient of numerous local and state awards and citations for exemplary community service and outstanding citizenship. She has received recognition from her former employer, the District Attorney of Queens County, as well as a Women of Distinction award from Assemblymember Michael G. Miller.

Ms. Ventura is a graduate of the SUNY Buffalo Law School and an emeritus member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. She is licensed to practice law in both New York and the District of Columbia. She is also a member of the federal bar in the Southern, Eastern, and the Western districts of New York State and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court.