Company: New York Supreme Court Appellate Division - Second Department
Justice Voutsinas was born in Corona, Queens, to parents who met soon after each had immigrated to New York. Her mother had come from the Dominican Republic and her father from Greece. Justice Voutsinas’ roots from the Dominican Republic date back to the 1600’s. She had the benefit of learning both cultures and languages due to her extensive Dominican family who had immigrated to New York, including her grandfather who lived with her during her childhood.
In November, 2018, Justice Helen Voutsinas became the first Latina elected to the Supreme Court on Long Island, where the Latino population had reached 17.2% in 2020. She began her judicial career in 2010 as the first Latina elected to the District Court in Nassau County.
Justice Voutsinas became the first Latina to be elected to full time judicial office in Nassau County. Justice Voutsinas served with distinction on the District Court bench becoming the Presiding Judge of the Misdemeanor DWI Part and Domestic Violence Part. She continued to be an active leader in the community by serving on the Board of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association from 2012 and becoming President of the Association from 2017 through 2019. She also served on the Board of New York State Latinos Judges Association from 2014 through 2016.
In 2018, Judge Voutsinas became the first Latina elected to the Supreme Court Bench. Within two years of serving as a Justice of the Supreme Court she became the first Latina appointed to the Appellate Term for the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts. In 2022, The Honorable Helen Voutsinas was appointed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul to the Appellate Division’s Second Department. Justice Voutsinas continues her active involvement in the community by mentoring young Latino attorneys and future Judges.