Born in Brooklyn and raised by an immigrant single mother, Beverly S. Tatham, Esq. is a native resident of Brownsville — where she currently lives and serves. As a child, she was unrelenting in her drive to understand and explain the “why” of things. Determined to pursue a career in law and public service, Beverly attended St. John’s University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies, with a minor in Business. As an undergraduate student, Beverly had her first experience advocating for justice when a graduate student used race-based slurs to verbally attack her and a fellow student regarding a parking spot. The student received a slap on the wrist for the incident. This encounter, and its inequitable outcome, reaffirmed her desire to become an advocate for the vulnerable and voiceless.
Beverly earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center – Touro Law School in Huntington, NY. During her time in law school, she worked in the Family Law Clinic, representing low-income residents and immigrant women in divorce litigation, child support enforcement, and family offense proceedings. She was particularly drawn to domestic violence cases, using her skills to help women find shelter, safety, and start their new lives. She also served as a pro bono attorney representing a similar population of New York City women who found themselves in violent domestic situations.
Beverly is currently a senior trial attorney at an in-house firm for a Fortune 500 insurance company. For nearly 20 years, she has nurtured relationships with clients and has leveraged her experience in litigation, trial advocacy, mediation, arbitration, and pre-trial settlements to gain favorable outcomes for her clients. Beverly has served her clients as a trusted advisor on whom they can always rely to offer insightful advice, critical decision support, and pragmatic solutions.
As a Jamaican-American woman, Beverly believes her lived experience, coupled with her professional expertise, brings the necessary commonsense, compassion, and insightfulness to fashion equitable solutions for real-world disputes. Not only does she have a comprehensive understanding of the court system and the required judicial temperance as an experienced trial attorney, she also is a certified court mediator, making her qualified to become a judge.
During the past 15 years, Beverly has committed her time, talents, and finances to advise and mentor hundreds of young Brooklyn girls – while providing support to their female caregivers – through educational and leadership development workshops, cultural enrichment activities, and social action programs. Understanding the importance for young girls of color to demonstrate strong presentation and critical-thinking skills, Beverly co-created, organized, and coached teenage girls to participate in biennial oratorical competitions, which required them to research and take a position regarding the historical events and prolific change-makers of our time. Beverly often says “let us remain engaged by being informed and committed to action.”
Believing in grassroots and local leadership, Beverly serves as the Social Action Chair for the local chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., an international service organization with more than 100,000 members. During her tenure, she has raised awareness by planning and serving as moderator for a series of community conversations, many of which proved impactful during the COVID-19 pandemic. These community conversations were designed to educate the community regarding the COVID vaccines; destigmatize therapy to promote healing and wellness; illustrate best safe practices for returning to work during the pandemic; and create generational wealth and legacy. She has also facilitated workshops focused on providing education around the importance of the city’s first ranked choice voting election and the state’s redistricting efforts of New York State after the 2020 census.
Through her leadership within her sorority, Beverly has organized events to fight hunger; provided toiletries and dignity packages for the homeless; and addressed social concerns regarding the disparities within our communities in the areas of women’s health, maternal morbidity, premature births rates and mental health services for such organizations as Rose Kennedy Transitional Housing, Hope Gardens Community, SCO Family of Services, Women in Need, Flatbush YMCA, God’s Love We Deliver, Westminster Bethany Presbyterian Church, and First Baptist Church of Brownsville. Since 2020, Beverly has been an active member of Community Board 16 in Brooklyn and serves as the chair of their Women’s Committee.
In the wake of the pandemic, community boards pivoted from in-person to virtual meetings and often grappled with the challenges of convening these cyber meetings in an orderly manner. Beverly utilized her expertise as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) to provide vital training and instruction to city-wide community boards. In addition, she introduced flagship parliamentary standards to her sorority through her boutique consulting firm, A Call-To-Action Consultants. Beverly has served as deputy parliamentarian of the National Bar Association (NBA), president of the New York Association of Parliamentarians (NYAP), and was chartering president of the Parliamentarians of Metro New York Inc., an affiliate organization of the National Association of Parliamentarians® (NAP).
Beverly is a three-time cancer survivor, whose work is rooted and ordered by her unwavering faith. As a deacon at Westminster Bethany Presbyterian Church, she serves a ministry that spiritually supports the elderly, sick, and shut-in, and their caregivers, by providing essential resources using a holistic approach.
A Civil Court judge listens to cases and renders the best decision based on the law and her understanding of the presented facts. Beverly’s experience working with people from diverse backgrounds will enhance her ability to make impartial decisions that consider all circumstances of those appearing before the Court. Beverly’s unrelenting desire to serve with fairness, integrity, and compassion makes her extremely qualified to become a judge. It would be her privilege and honor to serve as the next Civil Court Judge for Brooklyn’s 7th Municipal Court District.
Paid for by Beverly Tatham for Civil Court Judge