Featured Alum: Shawndya Simpson

New York Supreme Court Justice Shawndya Luisa Simpson was elected in Brooklyn as a Civil Court Judge of the City of New York on November 4, 2003. The ten-year term began on January 1, 2004, she sat in Manhattan Criminal Court for eight years. In 2013, she was re-elected to another ten-year term and is currently an Acting Supreme Court Justice sitting in Kings County Supreme Court presiding over felony matters. In November 2016, she was elected to Supreme Court Justice of the State of New York, Kings County.

Shawndya pursued her secondary education at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her Bachelor of Science in 1987.  She later completed her graduate work at Pitt also, receiving her Juris Doctor in 1990.

Simpson has been featured in a September 2008 New York Times article titled “Behind the Gavel, a Sense of Style”, in the February 2009 issue of Essence Magazine’s inaugural column “How She Does It” and in the Fall 2009 Pitt Law Magazine titled “The Powerof One.” She has also had numerous Court Decisions published in the New York Law Journal. Simpson was the guest speaker at her Alma Mater, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Law and Social work, for the annual Distinguished Rubash Lecture.

Simpson is a member of good standing in the New York State Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, Kings County Inns of Court, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, Judicial Friends, The Links Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Simpson is married to Jacob Walthour, Jr., Managing Director at BLUEPRINT Capital Advisors. They have four children Shariah, Sharidan, Jacob Ross and Sharis.

Hail to Pitt!

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