Commencement Speaker:

Justice  Milton A. Tingling

Justice Milton A. Tingling

Justice Tingling received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1975.  He received his Juris  Doctorate, CumLaude from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1982, the same year his father, the Honorable  Milton F. Tingling was elected to Civil Court.

He returned to New York, where he was admitted  to the Bar in 1983 and  clerked  for three Harlem  Judges. Thereafter, Justice  Tingling  established  a solo practice  at 271 West 125’h Street, Harlem  New York.

In 1996, he became the first Black ever elected from the 7’h Municipal  Court  District.  The District, which encompasses Harlem and Washington Heights is the largest non-county wide District in the State.  His assignments included presiding in both Criminal and Civil Court.

In 2000, he became the first, and to date, the only North Carolina  Central University School of Law Graduate elected to New York State Supreme Court.

His most famous decision was striking  down Mayor Bloomberg’s so called soda ban law.

His best decision was permanently enjoining  the statewide policy of shackling youths being transported to Family Courts.

Justice Tingling re-established  the Special Election Court in Harlem in 2001and presided over every Primary  and Election for the next 14 years.

He Chairs the boards of the West Harlem Development Corporation (a $200 million Not For Profit Corporation) and Community  League of the Heights.

In November  2014, he was re-elected  to Supreme Court.  In  December  2014, he retired to accept  an appointment by New York  State  Appellate Division 1″ Department as New York County  Clerk, Commissioner of Jurors and Clerk of the Supreme Court.

He is now the first  and  only Black County Clerk  and Commissioner of Jurors in the history of New York State.

In 2016, his daughter Aija Tingling, North Carolina Central University School of Law, Class of 2005, was elected to the Civil Court  of the City of New York. The Tinglings  became the first three generation family of Black Judges in the nation.