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BWBA Member Highlight

BWBA Member Highlight
Honorable Lillian Wan

Brooklyn Women’s
New York Court of Claims

Fun Facts:
1. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Flight!!
2. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why? China. My parents were born there. Regrettably, I still have never been there.
3. If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you spend it? Running. Sleep is overrated.

Judge Lillian Wan was confirmed by the New York State Senate on June 20, 2018, to serve on the New York Court of Claims. As Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) noted, Judge Wan is “making history” by serving as the first Asian American woman on the Court of Claims. She will decide on cases involving claims against the state or its agencies.

Judge Wan received her B.A. from Binghamton University where she graduated summa cum laudeand her J.D. from Albany Law School where she served on the Albany Law Review and graduatedmagna cum laude in the top 5% of her class. Judge Wan began her career as a trial attorney for the Administration for Children's Services ("ACS") in the Family Court Legal Services Division where she dealt with Article 10 abuse and neglect cases. Judge Wan also served as an Attorney-Referee in Kings County Surrogate's Court where she conducted preliminary, discovery, settlement and pre-trial conferences and held guardianship, kinship, adoption, and estate hearings.

In 2012, Judge Wan was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to serve as a Judge on the Kings County Family Court. During her time in Family Court, she presided over proceedings including juvenile delinquency matters, child protective matters including abuse and neglect, custody, visitation and guardianship disputes, paternity, termination of parental rights and family offense/order of protection matters. Judge Wan also presided over "crossover youth" cases which involve children in foster care who are subsequently arrested and enter the juvenile justice system. Judge Wan plays an active role in the community by participating in organizations such as the Encourage Judicial Service Committee and the New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics. She takes part in outreach programs such as the National Association of Women Judges “Color of Justice” Program, which aims to introduce students to the legal profession. Judge Wan is also a board member for the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, the New York State Family Court Judges Association, and previously served as Co-Chair of the Government and Public Sector (now the Government and Public Interest) Committee for the Asian American Bar Association of New York.

Judge Wan’s recent confirmation represents a significant step in rectifying the underrepresentation of minority communities on the bench. The Brooklyn Women's Bar Association is honored to have Judge Wan as a board member and proud of the progress she has made on behalf of all women and especially on behalf of Asian Americans.



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