First Openly Gay Judge Honored By Queens County Women’s Bar

By Andy Katz

The Queens County Women’s Bar Association (QCWBA) held its 2018 Judiciary Night in Corona Flushing Meadows Park’s Queens Theater Tuesday and recognized Justice Paul G. Feinman, the first openly gay judge on the Court of Appeal.

Borough President Melinda Katz served as the evening’s keynote speaker and announced that Nov. 27 was Hon. Paul G. Feinman Day in Queens County.

Several other attendees praised Feinman’s contributions to the borough and city.

“Although he presently lives in Mineola, Judge Feinman reflects Queens’ diversity,” said Justice Bernice Siegal. “He was a mensch. He is a mensch. He was able to guide us through his own personal travails into what we really needed. He has a great life, and we now have a great life because he’s an associate justice of the Court of Appeals.”

The QCWBA also presented their annual Faith O’Neal Scholarship to a pair of law students, Liran Messinger and Christina Das.

Messinger currently attends law school at Boston University but says she plans to return to her native borough.

“Queens County is where I want to practice when I graduate,” Messinger said.

Eagle photos by Andy Katz.