Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix

Honorable Sylvia Hinds-Radix was appointed as the 81st Corporation Counsel of the City of New York on February 25, 2022.  In this role, she is the attorney for the City of New York, the Mayor, the City Council and all City agencies – both Mayoral and non-Mayoral.  Prior to her appointment as Corporation Counsel, Honorable Hinds-Radix served as an Associate Justice of the NYS Appellate Division, Second Department from 2012.  In December of 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo designated Justice Hinds-Radix as a member of the NYS Constitutional Bench.  Before joining the Appellate Division, she served as Administrative Judge for Civil Matters in the Second Judicial District for three and a half years.  In her capacity as Administrative Judge, Justice Hinds-Radix oversaw both the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term and the New York City Civil Court, which also encompasses the Housing Court of the City of New York.  Justice Hinds-Radix was elected to the Supreme Court, Kings County in November of 2004 and served as a New York City Civil Court Judge, from 2002 through 2004, spending her first year in the Criminal Court of Kings County.  In 1985, soon after graduating from Howard University School of Law, Honorable Hinds-Radix joined the legal staff of District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services, where she remained until her Civil Court election in 2001.  While at DC 37, she practiced in the areas of Civil Practice, Bankruptcy, Landlord/Tenant and was the General Counsel of the immigration program; a program which she founded.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Honorable Hinds-Radix is the President of the Caribbean American Lawyers Association (CALA). She is a former President of the Nathan K. Sobel American Inns of Court, the Supreme Court Justices Association of the City of New York and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association. Honorable Hinds-Radix is a Board Member of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, the Women in the Courts Committee, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and JALBCA.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for the St. Gabriel’s Senior Citizens Center and the St. John’s Bread and Life Agency.  She is also a member of several organizations including the Brooklyn Bar Association, the New York State Association of Supreme Court Justices, the New York State Bar Association, Columbian Lawyers of Brooklyn, the Association of Black Women Attorneys, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Latino Judges Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, The Tribune Society, the National Bar Association’s Judicial Section and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.

Honorable Hinds-Radix is the recipient of many awards, including The Gold Crown of Merit, which was conferred upon her by the Governor General of Barbados on the nation’s celebration of its 39th anniversary of its independence, one of the nation’s highest honors. She has also been honored with the Shirley Chisholm Award given to her by the Barbados Consulate in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Barbados’ Independence.  She has been honored with the Golda Meir Award, bestowed upon Justice Hinds-Radix by the Jewish Lawyers Guild, as well as the Beatrice M. Judge Award and the Sybil Hart Kooper Award by the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, the Distinguished Judiciary Award and the President’s Award by the Catholic Lawyers Guild, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora and was named one of the Top Women in Business by the Home Reporter.  Justice Hinds-Radix is also the recipient of the 2019 New York State Bar Association’s Diversity Trailblazer Award, the 2021 Hon. Theodore “Ted” Jones Lifetime Achievement Award from the Unified Court System’s Committee to Celebrate Black History Month and the 2021 Hon. William C. Thompson, Sr. Black History Month for Judicial Excellence. Most recently, Honorable Hinds-Radix received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Gamma Iota Lambda Chapter’s PHI Award, the Medgar Evers College’s Caribbean Research Center’s Women’s Heritage Award, the NYC Correction Department’s Women’s History Month Award, the Network of Bar Leaders’ NoBL Award, the New York State Bar Association’s Trial Lawyers Section’s Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Vanguard Award, the Judicial Section of the National Bar Association’s Outstanding Member Award and the Defense Association of New York’s Outstanding Public Service Award.

Interacting with children and young adults is a passion of Honorable Hinds-Radix which she incorporates with her love of the law by being a mentor and advisor to those who seek a career in the legal profession.  She epitomizes the statement, it takes a village to raise a child, by the outstanding work that she does in giving back to her own community.  A staunch advocate for children’s education, every Saturday morning the Judge and her family tutored young people at the Barbados Ex-Police Association.

Honorable Hinds-Radix earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts, her Master’s Degree in Political Science from Long Island University and received her Jurist Doctorate Degree from Howard University School of Law.  Justice Hinds-Radix also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  In addition to being admitted to practice law in the State of New York, Honorable Hinds-Radix is also admitted to the United States Federal Court: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Honorable Hinds-Radix is married to Dr. Joseph Radix and they are the proud parents of three wonderful daughters.