Biography

Members of NJBJC Org.

The members of NJBJC include three distinguished individuals from New York. The biographies of Hon. William Thompson Sr., Shannon Taylor, and Justice Jerome Hornblass depict their achievements and their endless, selfless efforts toward the organization and good of humanity.

Honorable William Thompson Sr.

Hon. 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.

Shannon Taylor

Shannon Taylor

Shannon Taylor, Born 1955

Married: Judith Taylor (dancer, vocal coach, artist and singer)

My Bio Selections:

  • -Volunteer Tour Director and Creator of 92nd St Y former: "Night Court- New York and Kings County";"Dance Studios Tours".
  • -Washington Heights Tours: Combined Manhattan Players, National Arts, and Friars Clubs/Tours for approximately 10 years.
  • -Award-winning (solarian) and further nominated news photographer
  • -Frequent guest on radio (WOR)(ABC) and TV talk shows (Fox-Local and Cable international)
  • -Panelist at colleges nationally

Sports:

  • -Table-Tennis

Education:

  • -Tufts University, Magna Cum Laude, 1976
  • -Temple University Law School, 1979
  • -Hebrew University Law School, summer
  • -1993: Executive Director: "(Not Just) Blacks and Jews in Conversation"
  • -1993-1996: Court Attorney Criminall Term, Supreme Court, New York State for Hon. Jerome Hornblass
  • -1996-1999- Court Attorney, Criminal Court, New York  County.
  • -1999 to Present: Court Attorney, Crim, Ct., Kings County
  • -1997: Administrative Law Judge-New York City-Taxi and Limousine Commission

Justice Jerome Hornblass

Jerome Hornblass

Justice Hornblass has synthesized his professional attainment with leadership roles in the community.

Justice Hornblass, of the New York State Supreme Court, addressed theological, communal, and legal issues with clarity and meaning. He is an expert in American Jurisprudence and Jewish Law. An exciting and dynamic speaker, he has taught courses at many law schools and universitiets on the subjects of law, sociology, and political science. He has lectured at New York University, Fordham law Schoo, City University of new York, Howard university, Brandeis University, Princeton Unviersity, and Touro College.

Justice Hornblass was the Commissioner of the Addiction Services Agency of the City of New York during the early 1970's. Thereafter, he was appointed as a Judge in the Criminal Court of New York in 1977. From 1982, he has served on the Supreme Court.

Justice Hornblass has held leadership roles in a variety of organizations. He has foudned and is co-chair of Blacks and Jews in Conversation, a group designed to reduce and anti-Semitism, racism, and hatred. He was President of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, American Section. He is the President of Kiruv, an organization committed to raising the identity of Jews on campus. He has also served as co-chair of the Young Leadership Division of United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York and served as President of an Orthodox Synagogue in Manhattan. He has served as a member of the ethics committee of the American Bar Association. A graduate of Yeshiva University and Brooklyn Law School, he is married and is the father of three children.

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