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Hon. Marcia Henry appointed as magistrate judge for EDNY

First Black female magistrate judge on Eastern District bench

May 11, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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The Board of Judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) has selected Marcia M. Henry to serve as a magistrate judge for a term of eight years. She will serve on the bench at the Theodore Roosevelt Federal Courthouse, also known as the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, at 225 Cadman Plaza East. 

Before her appointment, Judge Henry served at the New York State Department of Financial Services in the Cybersecurity Division, where she supervised policy initiatives related to cybersecurity regulation and enforcement in the financial services industry. 

Before that, she served for more than seven years as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where she prosecuted complex federal crimes, including international narcotics trafficking, money laundering and wire fraud; and was the district’s first opioids coordinator. 

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Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Henry practiced labor and employment law at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Rao Tiliakos LLP in New York. Prior to law school, she worked at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in human resources and diversity program management. 

Judge Henry earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the New York University Review of Law & Social Change, and received her B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Carl E. Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to the Hon. Sterling Johnson, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. 

“The Board of Judges welcomes Marcia Henry to the Eastern District bench,” said Chief Judge Margo K. Brodie. “Her litigation, regulatory, and management experience will make her an excellent magistrate judge.” 

Judge Henry will be the first Black woman to serve as a U.S. magistrate judge on the Eastern District bench. She is a native of Brooklyn and the daughter of immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago. 

Magistrate judges are appointed by the District Court Judges to eight-year terms. They assist district court judges with the work of the court by facilitating the disposition of civil and criminal cases.


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