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Patricia L. Gatling


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Background Information

Employment History

University of Maryland School of Law

Assistant District Attorney, Human Rights Commissioner

Brooklyn District Attorney's Office

Commissioner and Chair

NYC & Company

Senior Trainer

John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Board Member

District Attorney Hynes

Primary Advisor On Legal Recruitment

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights



John Hopkins University


International Studies

The Johns Hopkins University


University of Maryland School of Law

Web References(190 Total References)

Black Women Lawyers: Lessons in Leadership - Paula Edgar [cached]

Patricia Gatling: Attorney, Employment & Human Rights Specialist, Candidate for Brooklyn DA

Letitia James Archives - Kings County Politics [cached]

Patricia Gatling, formerly the Brooklyn First Assistant District Attorney under former Kings County DA Charles Hynes, and Human Rights Commissioner under former...


I refer of course, to my former First Assistant and Mayor Bloomberg’s wise choice as the Chair of the Human Rights Commission, Patricia L. Gatling.
From my office, Patricia Gatling, of course, Jerry Scemetterer, Director of the Office of Public Information and Sharon Toomer, the Deputy Director of that office. They certainly applied to my wife Patricia. Pat, for many years was not just the nurturing Mother to five children, she was the surrogate parent for their absent Father. She endured the anxiety and uncertainty of many lean years where mortgage payments, car loans and clothing costs strained out limited budget. But I really didn’t understand the extent of her sacrifice, until recently. She mentioned not long ago, how often after putting the children to sleep, she would wait by the window, starved for adult company, waiting for me to get home. It has been for me and I’m certain for Ray and others the recognition that without Veronica or Pat there would not have been even the slightest possibility of our success. For me every decision I made, I vetted through Pat and I can tell you that virtually every decision, which was contrary to her sound judgment, led to a serious mistake. Please join me with thanking Pat for her love and unselfish support. MAYOR BLOOMBERG NAMES BROOKLYN PROSECUTOR PATRICIA L. GATLING AS HIS COMMISSIONER ON HUMAN RIGHTS At City Hall this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his appointment of Patricia L. Gatling as his Commissioner on Human Rights. For more than 12 years, Patricia Gatling has worked for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. District Attorney Charles Hynes said, “For the past 12 years Pat Gatling has taken on the most difficult assignments in the Brooklyn DA’s office and achieved the highest level of success. As the District Attorney's primary advisor on legal recruitment and hiring, Ms. Gatling implemented the District Attorney's policy and goal to recruit and hire more minorities and women. Her efforts in that area have continually increased minority hiring. And in her role as Chief of Community and Governmental Affairs, Ms. Gatling has significantly improved the quality of communications between the office and Brooklyn communities. "I have accepted Mayor Bloomberg's offer to serve as his Commissioner on Human Rights with honor and enthusiasm," Gatling said, "Everything in my professional and personal background has prepared me for this most important role.

Attorneys, Bar Groups Draw on 9/11 Experience To Aid Legal Community Devastated by Katrina [cached]

But at least one New York lawyer, Patricia L. Gatling, a native Mississippian who was formerly the first assistant at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, jumped right in yesterday morning. Ms. Gatling, now the commissioner and chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, saw to it that 500 elementary school-age boys and girls displaced from their homes in New Orleans and other damaged cities received brand-new uniforms as required by their new schools in Jackson, Miss. Miss Gatling received a call for help from the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, and in turn contacted her friend Cookie Falack, owner of Cookie's Department Store of Brooklyn and Queens.

The Village Voice: CityState: Rights Revival? by Sam Dolnick [cached]

Yet Patricia Gatling, the new HRC commissioner, says that "our immediate needs have been met," and vows that under her control, the long-dormant commission will become an effective law enforcement agency. Gatling, an outspoken African American who grew up in segregated Mississippi during the Civil Rights era, cited leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Medgar Evers as her inspirations.Gatling previously worked in the Brooklyn D.A.'s office as First Assistant D.A., where she led the Major Narcotics Investigation Bureau.Bloomberg's appointment of the seasoned prosecutor shows that from now on the agency will be focusing on law enforcement rather than mediation or community relations.Gatling has pledged to prosecute discriminators to the fullest extent of the law. Congressman Ed Towns said through a spokesperson that Gatling is "compassionate, has a lot of integrity, and will bring a fresh approach." Gatling's predecessor at HRC during the Giuliani years, Marta Varela, had a background in finance and politics (including heading fundraising campaigns for Giuliani and Bush Sr.) and none of the prosecutorial experience that Gatling brings to the commission. "The commission will be focusing on initiating investigations and enforcing our human rights law," Gatling told the City Council in a March hearing."Make no mistake about it-the commission is a law enforcement agency."Revisions made in New York City human rights laws in 1991 have made them stronger than both New York State and federal laws and have widened the scope to protect virtually all public interactions and public services from discrimination.Under Giuliani, however, the HRC left large portions of the law unenforced.Unlike federal and state law, city law holds individuals liable for their discriminatory acts, and companies are strictly liable for the acts of their managers and supervisors. Gatling has spent her first months in office attacking the 4500-complaint backlog.Gatling calls the situation "unacceptable," and hopes to have sifted through the entire waiting list by the end of summer.She has set the goal of a one-year limit between the initiation of a complaint and its resolution.Critics commend Gatling's energy, but worry that the limit is unrealistic and even dangerous. In order to adequately fight housing and employment discrimination, Gatling gave testimony that the commission must have investigators out on the street conducting bias tests.Standard tests include sending black and white undercover investigators with identical socioeconomic backgrounds to real estate offices, for example, to see if they are treated equally. Tests during the Giuliani administration were largely unproductive, as those who remember the 1995 arson in Harlem of Jewish-owned Freddy's Fashion Mart can attest.Before the City Council, Gatling cited daily testing as a goal, but has no timetable as to when the process will begin.Systemic or individual cases of discrimination will be investigated and possibly tried, with the defendants facing stiff penalties, the likes of which were unheard of in previous administrations.If the agency is able to prove discrimination, fines of up to $100,000 can be imposed, money that goes directly to the city. Critics wholeheartedly agree with Gatling's call for daily testing, but argue that it is not in itself the solution to the city's problems.

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