A Judge for the People

Lifelong New Yorker running for Civil Court Judge in Manhattan, Municipal Court District 2

Meet Carmen Pacheco
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Experience|Compassionate|Committedto Judicial Excellence

Carmen is the founding member of the first Hispanic women owned law firm in New York, established at One World Trade Center in 1992.  Carmen challenged the odds by establishing a law firm that leveled the playing field between neighborhood folks and big business representation.  The law firm was her dream that became a reality.  As a private practitioner she stayed connected and committed to the community at large.   Carmen represents many of our city’s most vulnerable and underrepresented. As important as is her work experience, she lives a life of inclusion, service, and objectivity.

Carmen is dedicated to the neighborhood communities. She collected and helped distribute turkeys and other food with Assembly persons, District Leaders, Tenant Association leaders, and churches in areas afflicted by the pandemic and those bruised by the rise in unemployment.  For more than 30 years, Carmen has mentored several 100 high school students by providing counseling and guidance in their education, career, and/or life.  Carmen also lectures at elementary and high schools to encourage young students to attend law school and the importance of higher education.

Carmen graduated from St. John’s University School of Law, City University of New York at Brooklyn College, St. Saviour High School, and St. Agnes Elementary School.  At St. John’s, she graduated with honors as a published member of their distinguished law review.  After law school, Carmen was the first Latina attorney to work at the Wall Street law firm of Carter Ledyard & Milburn where Franklin D. Roosevelt started his legal career.

Carmen is the daughter of Carmen Julia Pacheco who emigrated from Puerto Rico and Jose Fernando Pacheco who immigrated from Peru. ​Her mother is a retired public school teacher (UFT) and her father was a union worker for Eastern Airlines.  Carmen also lived in the Gowanus Houses (NYCHA) until the age of 12.  For all her life, Carmen’s parents taught her that education was the key that opens the door out of poverty and oppression. She therefore credits her success to her hard work ethic that she learned from her parents and the encouragement they gave her.