HONORABLE BARBARA A. LEAK - White Plains City Court Judge

Judge Barbara A. Leak was appointed to the bench of the White Plains City Court in January 1997, as one of the first African-Americans appointed to that Court. She has served as a full-time judge on that bench since July 1997. Admitted to practice in 1978, after graduating from Brooklyn Law School, she has spent her career in criminal justice.
She was an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the late Mario Merola, Bronx District Attorney, from 1977 to 1985, serving in the Major Offense Bureau as a trial assistant and then as Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Bureau: For the next five years, she was a commissioner of the New York State Board of Parole, interviewing inmates within the correctional institutions and making release decisions.
Subsequent to that appointment, Judge Leak was appointed Chair of the New York State Crime Victims Board, the official advocate for the "rights, needs and interests of victims" in the state. The first African-American confirmed as a Board Member and the first and only African-American to serve as its chair in its 34 year history, she was instrumental in the implementation of the use of victim impact statements in the parole decision making process. Among its several mandates, the agency was and continues to be actively involved in developing initiatives far victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Judge Leak chaired and participated in innumerable seminars and conferences, in addition to making presentations before the State Legislature regarding budgetary and program initiatives for domestic violence and crime victim advocacy.
Just before her appointment to the White Plains bench, Judge Leak served in the newly created Capital Defender Office as Director of Compliance, overseeing the appointments of attorneys as capital case counsel, establishment of the fee schedules and compliance with the dictates of §35-b of the Judiciary Law.
Judge Leak was born and raised in the County of the Bronx, attending schools there and graduating from New York University with honors. She was an active member of that community participating in school and community activities. She was a founding member of the Black Bar Association of Bronx County in 1983. A member of several bar associations and community organizations, the Judge has been the recipient of many honors, including a recognition by the Black Law Students of the Pace Law School and most recently, the Vanguard Coalition of Bronx and Westchester.
A resident of White Plains since 1987, she is the mother of Alexis L. Perry, a second year student at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

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