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Valerie Cartright

NYS Supreme Court Justice
Valerie Cartright

Valerie Cartright is a Councilwoman in the Town of Brookhaven and an attorney. Throughout her legal career, she has gained invaluable legal experience in the areas of construction law, insurance defense, general civil and criminal law, civil rights, family, education and labor and employment law. Her previous affiliation with the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington allowed her to make large-scale impacts on the community while serving to preserve the civil rights and liberties of those individuals whose rights have been violated. One of the most fulfilling areas that she has worked in is the area of Voter Protection, wherein, through her office, she commenced litigation to uphold the Voting Rights Act and worked diligently to prevent unconstitutional and discriminatory denial of voters on Long Island.
Ms. Cartright received her Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuschberg Law Center in Suffolk County, after receiving her undergraduate degree in International Studies from West Virginia University. She is licensed to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Florida and has extensive litigation experience in the federal and state courts. During her legal career, she has earned numerous awards for academic excellence, contributions and service to the law school and legal community. She remains steadfast in her commitment to mentoring and coaching law students and new attorneys.
Ms. Cartright is the Past President of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, the former Chairperson of the Civil Rights Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and the former Chairperson of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the New York State Bar Association. While serving as Chair of the YLS, she published an article entitled "The Integrity of the American Justice System". She is a member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association and Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association. She continues to play an integral role in molding the young minds of leaders of today and tomorrow through various mentoring commitments and through her service to and through various community organizations.
In addition to practicing law and serving as a Councilwoman in the Town of Brookhaven, she presently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue in the Human Services Management and Leadership Master's Program, teaching a "Leadership, Law and Ethics" course and an undergraduate “Business Law” course. Ms. Cartright is a member of various organizations, which include National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Suffolk County Chapter, National Bar Association, Decision Women in Commerce and Professions, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated-Rho Omega Zeta Chapter.