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Hon. Joseph F. Lisa

Former NYS Supreme Court Justice


Honorable Joseph F. Lisa is a former New York State Supreme Court Justice. He received his early education in the New York City Public Schools and holds 3 degrees, having received a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. John's University in 1958, a Juris Doctor Degree from St. John's School of Law in 1960 and a LLM Degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1967.

He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1955 through 1961 and received an honorable discharge.

Judge Lisa was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1961. He served as Law Secretary to the late Justices William G. Giaccio and J. Irwin Shapiro.

In 1967, Judge Lisa was appointed Acting Chief of the Appeals Bureau of the Queens District Attorneys Office, and shortly thereafter, was elected a Delegate to the 1967 Constitutional Convention.

He subsequently served as a member of the New York State Assembly from 1969 through 1976, and as a member of the New York City Counsel from 1982 through 1991.

In 1992, Judge Lisa was elected to the New York City Civil Court and in 1993 he was appointed an Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, a position he held until his election as a New York State Justice of the Supreme Court in 1996.

Judge Lisa was appointed Adjunct Professor of Political Science at City University of New York from 1993 through 1994 and has lectured and written extensively in both Europe and the United States on the social, legal, and ethical implications of the law in time of epidemics and pandemics. He is a permanent member of the scientific community of the San Marino Scientific Conference in the Republic of San Marino.

Judge Lisa is a member of the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York; Board of Judges of the Civil Court of the City of New York; American Justinian Society of Jurists; American Judges Association; Queens County Bar Association; Columbia Lawyers of Queens County; Catholic Lawyers of Queens County; and the Marine Corps League.

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