Jacqueline McMickens is the founder of Jacqueline McMickens & Associates, PLLC, a full service practice specializing in matrimonial and family law, discrimination and civil rights litigation, real estate law, trusts and estates, legal services for faith based organizations, and criminal law.
She also is a consultant for correctional systems and has worked as a special master for the State of Connecticut under the Connecticut District Federal Court.
Ms. McMickens began her legal career as an associate with Boyd Staton & Cave, the first all female, African-American law firm in Brooklyn, NY.
was a sole practitioner for three years before founding her
Prior to embarking on her legal career, Ms. McMickens had served in a number of positions in both the public and private sectors.
From 1987 to 1990, she was the Vice Chairwoman of the New York City Housing Authority.
In that position, she
was responsible for the maintenance and construction of public housing for 400,000 New Yorkers.
In 1984, Mayor Edward Koch named Ms. McMickens Commissioner of the Department of Correction, making her the first female correction officer in the United States to become Commissioner of a major correctional agency.
Before her appointment as Commissioner, Ms. McMickens served for five years as Chief of Operations for the Department of Correction, the first African-American female correction officer to become a four-star Chief of Operations of any correctional agency in the United States.
tenure, female correction officers were fully integrated into the operation of all facilities and met the goal of insuring that 25 percent of all correction officers hired during the first phase were female.
While serving as Chief of Operations, she was responsible for the single largest jail construction plan in the history of New York City at a cost of more than $900 million.
At the Department of Correction
, Ms. McMickens
also blazed other firsts.
She was the first female to command the New York City Department of Correction Training Academy, and during that period she opened the Department's first fully equipped training facility in Queens.
also was the first female to command a male medical facility, Kings County Psychiatric Unit, and the first female assigned to manage the security of a male correction facility.
She joined the Department in 1964.
While serving as Commissioner of the Department of Correction, Ms. McMickens attended Brooklyn Law School where she received her Juris Doctor.
She also holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, both from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Ms. McMickens holds Honorary Doctorates of Letters from St. John's College, and Miles College in Birmingham, AL.
She sat on the board of the Women's Forum; and sits on the board of the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association.
attends Kenilworth Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY.