It was announced Monday that Justice Lucy Billings has been appointed as the New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) Coordinating Judge. The official announcement by Acting Administrative Judge, George Silver, provided some insight into the background and experience of Justice Billings:
Justice Billings received her B.A. magna cum laude from Smith College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1970 and received her J.D. with honors from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law in 1973. Justice Billings was a staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid, a Senior Attorney at Utah Legal Services, Director of Legal Support for Legal Services for New York City, Staff Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union Children’s Rights Project, and Director of Litigation for Bronx Legal Services. She handled class actions and other complex civil rights litigation to establish and enforce rights for minority, disabled, and low-income persons in housing, environmental justice, including prevention of lead poisoning, public health, child welfare, education, and employment.
Justice Billings was elected to the Civil Court in 1997, appointed a Supreme Court Justice by designation in 2004, and elected to the Supreme Court in 2009. She has presided over complex, high profile class actions and proceedings as a Justice of the Complex Litigation Center, including products liability actions and election proceedings. She has written many law journal articles and published legal education materials, as well as over 300 published opinions. Chief Judge DiFiore appointed Justice Billings to the Commission on Access to Justice and the Judicial Advisory Committee on Evidence. She has chaired and served on various committees of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, New York City Bar Association, New York Women’s Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and National Association of Women Judges and served on the Unified Court System Torts Litigation Advisory Committee.
The appointment is effective August 1, 2017. Congratulations to Justice Billings!