1st Woman African American Supreme Court Justice appointed to Ellis Island Honors Society
On May 13, 2022, Justice Patricia Polson Satterfield will be inducted into the Ellis Island Honors Society. Justice Satterfield was the first African American female elected as a judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York. She retired from the bench in 2011.
Born and raised in rural Middlesex County, Virginia, Justice Satterfield graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC and received her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law.
Justice Satterfield has dedicated her life to others, both professionally and personally. For years, she presented the Color of Justice, a project of the National Association of Women Judges, designed to introduce and encourage young BIPOC girls to pursue a law degree and attain the bench. She also served as a faculty member for Continuing Legal Education programs at St. John’s and the Queens County Bar Association.
Currently, Justice Satterfield is involved with a wide variety of community-based service organizations in Middlesex County, Virginia. Her contributions have been recognized by Hofstra University School of Law, the US Social Security. Administration, the Heritage Hall of Fame, and Samaritan Village, Inc., where she serves as a member of the Board.
The Ellis Island Honors Society heralds the importance of immigration to America’s history and prosperity and celebrates the contributions immigrants and their progeny have made to our nation. Learn more at eihonors.org