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Leland George DeGrasse (born 1945/1946) was a judge in New York, New York, who served for seven years as an Associate Justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department.[1][2][3]

Leland G. DeGrasse
Associate Justice of the First Judicial Department
In office
Appointed byDavid Paterson
Justice on the New York Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District
In office
Judge on the New York City Civil Court
In office
Personal details
Born1945/1946 (age 73–74)[1]
New York, New York
Spouse(s)Carol E. Huff
Alma materSt. John’s University
Howard University School of Law

Early life and educationEdit

DeGrasse was born in New York City. His father was a postal clerk, his mother became a computer programmer. As a child, he studied in Catholic school. In 1967, he graduated from St. John's University with a degree in Spanish. He is a 1972 graduate of Howard University School of Law.

Legal careerEdit

He was an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx County District Attorney's office between 1972 and 1975. He subsequently served on the New York City Civil Court from 1985 to 1988. He was a New York Supreme Court Justice, 1st Judicial District, from 1988 to 2008. He was designated a Justice for the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department in 2008 by Governor David Paterson. He retired from the bench in 2015.

He is best known for being the trial judge in the case of Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State, which was brought to compel an overhaul of state aid-to-education formulas. His decision was appealed all the way up to the New York Court of Appeals. Ultimately, the Court of Appeals ordered an additional $1.9 billion in state aid annually for New York City's schools.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Judge in School Aid Case Earns Allies, and Ire". The New York Times. February 16, 2005. Leland George DeGrasse, 59, was born in New York City
  2. ^ "Paterson Appoints DeGrasse, Renwick to First Department". New York Law Journal. April 14, 2008. Justice DeGrasse, 62
  3. ^ "Associate Justice Leland G. DeGrasse". Appellate Division - First Judicial Department.
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