N.Y. Bar to Honor Barbadian American Judge

Author  Edited from CMC.

NEW YORK– New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) will honor prominent Barbadian-born jurist Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix with its 14th Annual Diversity Trailblazer Award.

Webp.net resizeimage 15“Associate Justice Hinds-Radix of the Appellate Division, Second Department, will be honored for her extraordinary efforts to create opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds, mentor other lawyers and promote equality and diversity in the workplace,” the NYSBA noted in a statement late last month, adding that the ceremony will take place on Jan. 14.

It said that the judge has used the words of encouragement by her parents while growing up to guide her career “and she has made it her mission to mentor law students and to foster the leadership development of colleagues at work and those she meets through her bar activities.”


NYSBA noted that Justice Hinds-Radix, a Brooklyn resident, was the first administrative judge in Kings County (Brooklyn) Supreme Court of Caribbean descent.During her tenure, NYSBA said she developed a summer internship program for law students at the Supreme Court, which still serves 120 students from diverse backgrounds annually.It said Justice Hinds-Radix is co-chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section’s yearly program on career strategies for attorneys of color.

“She regularly meets and speaks with public school students throughout Kings County, and she and her family spend their Saturday mornings tutoring students at the Barbados Ex-Police Association,” NYSBA added.


Justice Hinds-Radix migrated to the U.S. from Barbados while in her teens and earned ajurisdoctorate (law degree) from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

She was elected to the Kings County Civil Court in 2001 and to Kings Country Supreme Court three years later, where she served until her appointment to the Appellate Division in 2012.

“Justice Hinds-Radix is a leader and a role model with a heartfelt interest in the well-being of others. She truly is a trailblazer,” the NYSBA added.

Justice Hinds-Radix is married to Grenadian-born dentist Dr. Joseph Radix.

In addition to being admitted to practice law in New York, Hinds-Radix is admitted to the U.S. Federal Court: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.