Touro Law Center's Office of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is proud to announce that the Honorable Margaret Chan ’93 has been selected as the alum of the month for March. Margaret Chan is currently a Judge at the Civil Court of New York. She is one of a handful of Asian judges in the State of New York. In Manhattan, there are, to date, two Asian judges of Chinese descent in the Civil Court and one in the Supreme Court.
The initial step that led Judge Chan to her current position as a Judge at the Civil Court of New York was the internship she participated in at the Appellate Court while at Touro Law, which led her to a career at the Appellate Division, Second Department and finally to her current position.
In Civil Court, she adjudicates cases under the monetary amount of $25,000. The Civil Court also gets cases above the jurisdictional amount that are transferred from Supreme Court. The cases before Judge Chan range from breach of contract to no-fault insurance to negligence actions to commercial landlord and tenant disputes and consumer debt cases.
She is among the first Asian American graduates of Touro Law School, the first Chinese American Managing Editor of the Touro Law Review and one of a select few Senior Court Attorneys at the NYS Appellate Division. She received her B.A. from Brooklyn College and her J.D. from Touro Law School in 1993. While attending Touro Law, Judge Chan published a note in the Touro Law Review, was a Teaching Assistant for the Legal Education Access Program (LEAP), a research assistant, involved in the Public Interest Law Organization of Touro (PILOT) and participated in pro-bono work helping Haitian refugees in Miami. She is admitted to the New York State Bar. She previously was an associate, and later, a partner at Gim & Chan, PC before going solo. Prior to her work in the private sector, she was a New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department - Senior Court Attorney.
Today, she still stays in touch with a few professors, attends Touro Law alumni events and also participates in Touro Law Center's Mentor Program.
To read Margaret Chan's full bio, please click here. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Margaret Chan.