The Honorable Melissa Barrett aims to provide fairness, respect, and dignity to the Rochester City Court, proving why she earned the Monroe County Democratic Committee’s endorsement. Prior to her appointment in December 2018, Judge Melissa Barrett was a Principal Court Attorney for nearly 15 years and an Assistant Monroe County Public Defender for four years in Rochester City Court.
The married, mother of two teens currently serves on several Seventh Judicial District Committees including the Administrative Judge Training Task Force, Mentoring Program, Workforce Diversity Committee, and Employee Interviewing Panels. Her committee work has allowed her to advance the Access to Justice Initiative in Monroe County by going out to community agencies and educating the public on the New York State Court Access to Justice Program.
Additionally, Judge Barrett is active with the Rochester Black Bar Association JustLaw Program and the President of the Deaconess Ministry at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church and a parent volunteer for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Science Technology Entry Program (STEP). Judge Barrett holds a Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany. She is also a 2005 graduate of the United Way of Rochester African American Leadership Development Program
Judge Barrett is the recipient of numerous awards including: City of Rochester, Department of Recreation and Youth Services Volunteer Award, The Daily Record Leaders In Law Award, Women in the Law Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Trailblazer for Justice Award, Certificate of Appreciation – 7th JD Administrative Judge Task Force, Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award, Rochester Teen Court Volunteer Award, and The Daily Record Up and Coming Attorneys Award.
To keep Judge Melissa Barrett in Rochester City Court vote 7A on June 25th!