Photo: (Left to Right) Hon. H. Patrick Leis III, Suffolk's Administrative Judge presenting the 2005 Quality Service Award to Diane Ashley.
Diane Ashley's court career began in 1980 as a Law Stenographer with the Supreme Court, Civil Branch, in New York City. In 1983, she was hired by the County Court of Nassau County as a Law Stenographer, and eventually made her way out to Suffolk County Family Court where she has been employed as a Court Reporter since 1984.
Ms. Ashley was nominated by the Court Reporters in Family Court to receive a Quality Service Award. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership by volunteering to supervise seven Court Reporters and, as such, performs calendar scheduling for all Suffolk County Family Court Judges and Court Reporters.
As the nomination form states, Ms. Ashley's style of leadership and quality of professionalism is respected by all in the Suffolk County Family Court. Prior to joining the court system, Ms. Ashley was a reporter for the New York State Board of Parole. While in their employ, she visited many prisons, including Sing Sing, Rikers and Bedford Hills. After attending SUNY part-time at night, she earned her BA in social work/psychology.