Judge Joanna Seybert is a role model for women across the globe. She currently sits in the Eastern District of New York Central Islip Courthouse and is a member of the Steering Committee of the AVON Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School. Among her many accomplishments, Judge Seybert forged new paths for women when she became the first woman President of the Nassau Lawyers' Association of Long Island, Inc.
Judge Seybert has dedicated much of her career as a judge to improving access to justice for women and ensuring judicial security and independence. Most notably, she has taken a leadership role in furthering access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence through her participation in the 2008 Senior Roundtable for Women and Justice, the 2009 Global Forum for Women and Justice, and as a Steering Committee member for the AVON Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School. She has also participated in numerous international conferences dealing with judicial administration and status of the judiciary, civil law and procedure, criminal law and procedure, and public and social law. In addition, she has been part of study commissions to examine problems of common interest to the justice process in countries around the world, on a comparative and transnational basis.
As part of her active involvement to improve the rule of law throughout the world, Judge Seybert served on the Planning Committee of the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. Through this initiative, she has also assisted in the training of women judges from Afghanistan to improve access to justice and the rule of law in Afghanistan.
Additionally, Judge Seybert is an active volunteer in her professional community. She serves as Secretary of the Federal Judges Association (FJA) and acts as the FJA Representative to the International Association of Judges (IAJ). She is also Vice President of the IAJ, President of the Asian, North American and Oceanian Regional Group (ANAO), a member of the Presidency Committee of the IAJ, and IAJ representative to the United Nations in New York. Judge Seybert was appointed by Chief Judge John Roberts to the United States Judicial Conference’s International Judicial Relations Committee in September 2008.
Judge Seybert has also served as a Nassau County District Court Judge from 1987 to 1991 and as a Nassau County Court Judge from January of 1992 through December 1993. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Seybert worked at the Nassau County Attorney’s Office. She began her career as a trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society and the Office of the Federal Defenders. Judge Seybert is a 1971 graduate of St. John's School of Law and is a lifetime director of the Alumni Association of St. John’s School of Law.