IAWJ Member, Justice Wavny Toussaint, Interviewed for Caribbean Life News

New York, USA | IAWJ Member, New York State Supreme Court Justice Wavny Toussaint, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, was interviewed for Caribbean Life News. In her interview, she encouraged young people interested in pursuing law careers to follow their dreams because “nothing is impossible.” Justice Toussaint was the first Trinidadian to become a judge in New York. After a lost election in 1999, Justice Toussaint persevered until she was elected in 2002 and then reelected in 2012. 

“Understand that you have to set your goals and work hard,” said Justice Toussaint. “Everything is possible; believe everything is possible.

She asks everyone to 

“remember the court is there to serve the community. It’s not there for the judges to be proud with the power they have. … When judges are on the ballot, do your research.”

Justice Toussaint believes that compassion is a key aspect of being a judge and that judges are there to serve the community, but the community needs to give back.

“I request from the members from the community to show up as juror. It’s up to the members of the community to evaluate the case. In doing that, we bring credibility.”

Hon. Toussaint “served in New York State Family Court, Kings County, from July 2010 to December 2011, assigned to handle juvenile delinquency proceedings; New York City Civil Court, from January 2008 to July 2010; New York State Family Court from May 2005 to December 2007, assigned to handle custody, visitation, support and family offense proceedings; and New York City Criminal Court, from January 2003 to May 2005.” Today, “she presides over civil trials and manages a general civil inventory of about 1,000 matters.”

Despite being overlooked for being a young looking women of color, Justice Toussaint has build an extremely successful career and is recognized for being very well prepared.