Nicole Sheindlin is a graduate of New York Law School (’93) and the co-founder, CEO and driving force behind Her Honor Mentoring, a Westchester County based empowerment program that pairs female high school seniors with women who are leaders in their respective careers.
Co-founded with her stepmother, The Honorable Judith Sheindlin, star of the syndicated television program, “Judge Judy”, former Supervising Judge of Manhattan’s Family Court as well as a New York Law School alumna.
Nicole’s inspiration for Her Honor Mentoring came from a desire to work proactively in her own community. Nicole started Her Honor Mentoring while simultaneously working as a senior staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division in Bronx County, handling all phases of criminal litigation for indigent and low income individuals accused of felonies and misdemeanors from arraignment through plea bargain or trial. During her 15 year tenure at Legal Aid, Nicole conducted jury and bench trials in cases involving charges of robbery, rape, attempted murder, assault, burglary, and sale and possession of controlled substances.
In addition to her J.D. from New York Law School, Nicole also holds a B.A. from The State University of New York at Buffalo. She is also a partner at Mentzer and Sheindlin, LLP, a private practice law firm which handles all aspects of criminal and civil litigation at the trial and appellate level. Nicole is a sought out speaker and has presented on topics including Perspectives in Philanthropy, Supporting Women and Girls at Morgan Stanley, and Maximizing Mentoring Impact for the Texas Women’s Bar Association.
She has received numerous accolades such as the New York State Senate Woman of Distincation, Champion of Human Rights Award from the Westchester County Human Rights Commission and Community Champion Award in Education and Literacy from Volunteer New York of the United Way.
She resides with her husband, three children, dog, and cat in Larchmont, N.Y.