Rosalyn Richter is an Associate Justice on the New York State Appellate Division First Department, having been appointed to that position in March 2009 by Governor David Paterson. She has been a state court judge since 1990, and served in Criminal Court (Manhattan and the Bronx), the Midtown Community Court, and Manhattan Supreme Court (Criminal, Civil and Matrimonial). She started the first drug and integrated domestic violence court parts in the Bronx courts.
Richter currently chairs the New York State Courts Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities , and chaired a prior version of the committee for many years. She is a former member of the NYS Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, the Criminal Jury Instruction Committee ,and the Commercial Division Advisory Committee. She was a participant in the National Jury Summit and the Jury Trial Innovation Project. She is active in numerous bar associations, and co-chairs the Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession of the NYC Bar Association. She previously chaired the NY City Bar Committee on Women in the Profession and the Committee on Lesbians and Gay Men in the Profession.
Richter's work has been recognized by several bar associations, and she received the Benjamin Cardozo Award from the Jewish Lawyers Guild, the Capozzoli Gavel from the NY County Lawyers Association, and a Diversity Champion Award from the NYC Bar Association.
She taught at Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School, and lectures both in New York and nationally on a range of subjects including appellate practice, diversity issues, family law, and court access for people with disabilities. Richter is a faculty member at the 2018 New Appellate Judges Seminar sponsored by the Institute of Judicial Administration at New York University Law School.
Prior to her appointment to the state court bench, she was an Administrative Law Judge at the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, and a supervisor in the appeals bureau of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. Shortly after her graduation from law school, she became Executive Director of Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, and directed a Lambda project to help develop a legal response to then pending anti-gay legislation.
Richter graduated from Barnard College in 1976, and Brooklyn Law School in 1979.