Judge Deral Givens

for Family Court 2022
Experience | Wisdom | Leadership

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June 3, 2022



Governor Kathy Hochul has nominated Deral Givens to serve as Monroe County Family Court Judge. Givens was confirmed by the New York State Senate on Thursday, June 2, 2022. Givens will serve as the third African-American Judge in Monroe County Family Court. The Honorable Charles Willis was the first African-American candidate elected in 1979, and the Honorable Fatimat O. Reid was the second African-American candidate and the first African-American woman to be elected to Monroe County Family Court in 2018.


“I am grateful that the Governor has placed her confidence in me to provide justice in Family Court,” Givens said. “I am honored to continue serving my community in this role.”


After a 25-year career in law enforcement with the Rochester Police Department, Givens earned his law degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law and 18 years ago became an Attorney for Children at the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. He is currently Supervising Attorney of the Attorney for Children program, continuing to represent children himself and overseeing 12 attorneys who provide legal representation to thousands of children in Monroe County Family Court each year.


Givens also holds Master’s degrees from SUNY Brockport and Northeastern Seminary, as well as a Doctorate in ministry. His appointment will fill the vacancy created when the Honorable James Walsh was elected to the New York State Supreme Court, 7th Judicial District, in November of 2021.

April 17, 2022

Local Organizations continue to endorse Deral Givens for Family Court Judge.


Deral continues to receive a wide range of support in the community as evidenced by receiving endorsements from the Monroe County Democratic Committee, The Monroe County Conservative Party and the Working Families Party.

January 12, 2022

Local Representatives endorse Deral Givens for Family Court Judge.


Deral has recently been publicly endorsed by several of our local representatives and notable citizens. Garnishing their support will go a long way to help Deral achieve his goal of becoming the next Family Court Judge of Monroe County.

New York State Senator Samara Brouk, New York State Senator Jeremy Cooney, New York State Assemblyman Demond Meeks,
New York State Assemblyman Harry Bronson, Ret. Supreme Court Justice Richard Dollinger, Ret. Family Court Judge Joan Kohout, Ret. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallaher, to name a few.

January 12, 2022

Givens identifies a key issue in race for Family Court Judge.


Having been involved in the pursuit of justice in the name of Children and Families for decades now, Deral has indicated that there are several issues the court system must address. Deral strongly believes that treating people fairly and applying the law evenly and equally is perhaps the most important issue a judge faces today and is the cornerstone of justice in our judicial system.


I am honored and grateful to have been appointed by Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Senate to Monroe County Family Court. I hope to earn your vote in November so that I can follow in the footsteps of the trailblazing jurists, Hon. Charles Willis, the first African-American man elected to Monroe County Family Court in 1979, and Hon. Fatimat Reid, the first African-American woman elected to Monroe County Family Court in 2018.