HON. Andrea Phoenix, Corresponding Secretary
Andrea Phoenix is a Nassau County District Court Judge in Hempstead, New York. She is also an Acting Nassau County Court Judge. She was re-elected to a third term in 2018. Judge Phoenix presides over two problem-solving courts. These include the Drug Treatment Court and the Mental Health Court. She adjudicates both misdemeanor and felony cases. Before taking the bench, Judge Phoenix was an attorney in private practice, and concentrated in the area of Family Law. She was an active member of the New York State Law Guardian Panel, now known as the Attorneys for the Children Program.
Judge Phoenix received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University and her graduate degree from The Ohio State University. She earned her law degree from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, formerly known as Hofstra University School of Law, where she wasEditor-in-Chief of the Environmental Law Digest. At graduation, she was awarded the Service to the Law School Award.
Judge Phoenix is the Corresponding Secretary of the Nassau Lawyers’ of Long Island. She holds the office of Presidentofthe Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court. She is a past president of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, and the New York Chapter of Family and Conciliation Courts. Notably, the Judge was the first AfricanAmerican president of all three organizations. Her other professional affiliations include: the Nassau County Bar Association- WE CARE Advisory Board, the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association,Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation, Amistad Long Island Black BarAssociation, Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County (Associate Member),the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and the Nassau Community College Paralegal Advisory Board. Judge Phoenix is appointed to the New York State Unified Court System Family Violence Task Force, and most recently, she became a member of the Nassau County Family Court Children’s Center Advisory Committee. Over the years, she has been active in many other community and public service organizations.
Judge Phoenix has devoted much time to mentoring women and youth in her community. Her other affiliations include Antioch Baptist Church of Hempstead-Board of Trustees, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Nassau Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the LongIsland Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, where she serves as the Facet Chair of International Trends and Services.
The Judge has received various awards and accolades because of her organizational involvement. She is the first recipient of both the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association’s Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. Memorial Award and the Virginia C. Duncombe Scholarship Award. She also received the organization’s distinguishedRona Seider Award. Operation Get Ahead, Inc. of Hempstead, New York, presented her with their TrailBlazer and Rosa Parks Awards and its Martin Luther King, Jr. Beacon of Hope Award. In 2015, Judge Phoenix was honored by the County, receiving recognition at its Black History Month Celebration for Contributions of African Americans in Nassau County Government, and in 2016 she was also honored by the East Nassau Chapter of the League of Women Voters. In March 2017, she received the Women on the Move Award from Faith Baptist Church of Hempstead, New York, and the Trailblazing Woman Award from the Long Island Caribbean American Association, Inc. In July 2017, the Judge received the Stephen Gassman Award from the Nassau County Bar Association – WE CARE Advisory Board. Most recently, in 2018, Judge Phoenix was honored by Hofstra Law School and was one of the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni on the Bench Award. In 2019 the Judge was honored by the Eastern Baptist Association. This year in 2020, she received the Visionary Award from Operation Get Ahead, Inc. and the Hon. Alfred S. Robbins Memorial Award jointly from the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association and the Nassau County Courts’ Black History Committee. Judge Phoenix is listed in “Who’s Who in Black New York City”.