Honorable William Thompson Sr.
Honorable William Thompson is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Law School. He was elected to the New York State Senate in 1965, and served until 1968. He was chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Child Care Needs, and over twenty-five bills were signed into law sponsored by him. Justice Thompson served on the New York City Council from 1969 to 1973. He was elected a Justice of the Supreme Court in 1974. In November 1974 he was designated an associate Justice of the Appellate Term, 2nd and 11th Districts (Kings, Richmond and Queens Counties). On January 18, 1978, he was appointed Assistant Administrative Judge in charge of the Supreme Court for Brooklyn and Staten Island. On December 8th, 1980, he was designated by Governor Carey an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department.
As an Appellate Division Judge for over twenty years he has analyzed over 24,000 cases, encompassing all types of litigation. He retired January 1, 2001, serves as council to the firm of Ross and Hill and as a mediator.
Justice Thompson is Co-Chairman of Not Just Blacks and Jews in Conversation; Co-Chairman of the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System; Treasurer of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALABCA); as well as Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and of Daytop Village. Justice Thompson is one of the founders, with the Late Robert F. Kennedy, of the Bedfrod Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and one of the original Directors of the Bedford Stuyvesant Youth-In-Action. He is former Regional Director of the N.A.A.C.P.; a former member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct; Past President of the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Assn; and a member of the Torah Club, the American Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar, and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association three hundred and ninety.