Meet Cassandra Johnson

I am a lifelong Queens resident, and I’ve built my life’s work around helping others and I’m thankful for the opportunities my career in public services has afforded me. I began my judicial career as a Civil Court Judge in Queens County, a Court known as the People’s Court; where I presided over various civil matters, including jury and bench trials and many cases involving self-represented litigants.  My focus and intent has always been to be fair, impartial and compassionate while following the rule of law. As a jurist,  I am committed to ensuring that people are heard, have equitable outcomes, and feel that the system works for the people of Queens. Growing up in a household where my mom was and remains an accomplished and successful attorney, I had an example of what to strive for, and I hope to be a similar example to girls and women in Queens. 

Currently, I serve Queens as a Justice of the Supreme Court, where I preside over a general civil part, which includes matters involving real estate transactions, contracts, labor law, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, foreclosures and general negligence. A lot of this work I feel has prepared me for the next step in my journey to serve, as I run for the position of Surrogate’s Court judge.  

Prior to becoming a judge, I served as a court attorney, referee, and law clerk in Queens Supreme Court, staff attorney for the City of New York and civil litigation and real estate associate in a small law firm.  In addition, I have served as a certified mediator for commercial matters, where my task was to preserve and repair relationships between parties and assist them to settle their disputes equitably and amicably.  My experience and the work I had to do here has also given me some insight into how to handle the sensitive and complex matters that appear in the Surrogate’s Court. 

I proudly reside in Southeast Queens and have been active in the community both professionally and civically.  Being raised by my parents in a Haitian-American family with a strong passion for justice and civic engagement, I initially sought a career in engineering due to my love of mathematics, but following in my mother’s footsteps, I eventually chose a career in law and public service.  I obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at St. John’s University, where I was on the Dean’s List, a member of Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society and a math tutor.  I obtained her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law and was managing editor of a law journal and research assistant to a professor. While in law school, I participated in the elder law clinic, where Irepresented low-income elderly Queens residents in cases involving deed thefts and other deceptive business practices. I also have given presentations at senior centers on financial literacy and predatory lending.

I have been admitted to the New York State Bar since 2007 and the Connecticut State Bar since 2006. I hope that the residents of Queens will take the time to learn more about me and I hope that my record, passion for the law, justice and fairness will encourage you to support me as your next Queens Surrogate’s Court judge.     

More About Cassandra…

Cassandra has been steadfast in her commitment to the community taking the time to participate in organizations that foster engagement and mentorship for youth and seniors.  Cassandra is a member of the United for Progress Democratic Club.  She is also a member of the Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club, where she has participated in educational forums and mentored young people interested in pursuing careers in law and government. 

In her personal capacity as a judge, she is a passionate mentor because she believes that investing in young people is an investment in the future of our country and the legal profession.  She mentors young people at community forums, the Junior 100 Legacy Program, Legal Outreach, Inc., Practicing Attorneys for Law Students’ program and the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission Mentor Program.  She has also spent time volunteering as an Arbitrator in Small Claims Court assisting litigants to resolve their dispute in an amicable manner and avoid costly legal fees.  Johnson has dedicated her time and resources as a member of numerous volunteer service organizations. 

Volunteer Positions

  • Member, Queens Supreme Court Gender Fairness Committee;
  • Financial Secretary, Queens County Women’s Bar Association; 
  • Corresponding Secretary, Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association;
  • Board Member, Catholic Lawyers Guild of Queens County;
  • Co-Chair of the Collaborative Law Committee, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York;
  • Judicial Mentor, Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission;
  • Mentor, Junior 100 Legacy Program;
  • Judge, Legal Outreach, Inc.;
  • Faculty, NYS Judicial Institute;
  • Mentor, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc.;
  • Participate in Read Across America at local elementary schools;
  • Former First-Vice President, Association of Law Secretaries to the Justices of the Supreme and Surrogates’ Courts in the City of New York;
  • Former Member, Court Attorneys Association of the City of New York;
  • Former Member, Equity and Inclusion Council of St. John’s University;
  • Former Member, NAACP, Jamaica Branch;
  • Volunteered at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church’s food pantry;
  • Participated in Southeast Queens U.P. Front Community Networking Forums;
  • Former Member, Citywide Association of Law Assistants of the Civil, Criminal and Family Courts in the City of New York;
  • Former Member of the Civil Service Bar Association, Local 237 International Brotherhood of Teamsters;
  • Former Board Member of the Jamaica NAACP Daycare Center; and
  • Alumnae of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Queens Chapter.

Justice Cassandra A. Johnson has the acumen, skills and temperament to be a fair and impartial Judge of the Surrogate’s Court and represents the best of our County of Queens. 

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