Hon. Andrea Phoenix

Stephen Gassman Award Recipient
Hon. Andrea Phoenix
Nassau County District Court

Andrea Phoenix is a Nassau County District Court Judge in Hempstead, New York. She is also an Acting Nassau County Court Judge. She was reelected to a second term in 2012. The judge presides over two problem-solving courts. These include the Drug Treatment Court and the Mental Health Court. She adjudicates both misdemeanor and felony cases. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Phoenix was an attorney in private practice, she was an active member of the New York State Law Guardian Panel and concentrated in the area of Family Law.

Judge Phoenix received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University and her graduate degree from Ohio State University. She earned her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Law Digest and at graduation she was awarded the Service to the Law School Award.

Judge Phoenix is a past president of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”), the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association and the New York Chapter of Family and Conciliation Courts (”AFCC-NY”). Notably, she was the first African-American president of all three organizations. Her other professional affiliations include: the Nassau County Bar Association-WE CARE Advisory Board; the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court-Executive Committee; the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association; the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association; the Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County-Associate Member and the Nassau Community College Paralegal Advisory Board. Judge Phoenix is appointed to the New York State Unified Court System Family Violence Task Force and most recently she became a member of the Nassau County Family Court Children’s Center Advisory Committee. Over the years she has been active in many other community and public service organizations.

Judge Phoenix has devoted much time to mentoring women and youth in her community. Her other affiliations include: Antioch Baptist Church of Hempstead-Board of Trustees; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People-Hempstead Branch, Nassau Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Long Island Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, where she serves as the Facet Chair of International Trends and Services.

The Judge has received various awards and accolades because of her organizational involvement. She is the first recipient of both the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association’s Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. Memorial Award and the Virginia C. Duncombe Scholarship Award. She also received the organization’s Rona Seider Award in 2009. Operation Get Ahead, Inc. of Hempstead, New York, presented her with their Trail Blazer and Rosa Parks Awards and its Martin Luther King, Jr. Beacon of Hope Award. In 2012, she was honored by Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association and the following year she received the Community Service Award from a local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In 2015, Judge Phoenix was honored by the County, receiving recognition at its Black History Month Celebration for Contributions of African Americans in Nassau County Government and in 2016 she was also honored by the East Nassau Chapter of the League of Women Voters. In March 2017, she received the Women on the Move Award from Faith Baptist Church of Hempstead, New York and the Trailblazing Woman Award from the Long Island Caribbean American Association, Inc. Judge Phoenix is listed in “Who’s Who in Black New York City.”