Every year the Society hosts a gala dinner to honor important figures of New York's legal history and to raise funds for the coming year. These evenings of fun, food, good company and of course, history, have been hosted for the past nine years in the beautiful Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library. We are grateful to the firms, corporations and individuals who support the Society at our galas and look forward to many years of success at these events.
Continuing the tradition of providing the legal community with an opportunity to meet NYS Court Judges, the new Chief Judge and the Former Chief Judge spoke to the lawyers and judges gathered to hear them, both on film and in person. The New Chief spoke of her commitment to continuing the legacies of Judges Kaye and Lippman to access to justice, and gave a glimpse into what her priorities would be in the years ahead.
The Society brought together our new Chief Judge in conversation with her successor in a warm film that helped introduce her to the legal community. Both included deeply felt personal remembrances of their colleague, Former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye.
In 2015 the Society was proud to honor the accomplishments of New York's three Chief Judges: Wachtler, Kaye & Lippman at our Annual Gala. Since Judge Wachtler took the office in 1985 the New York courts have become national leaders in the administration of justice and have seen innovation in areas as diverse as the Commercial Division, the Problem Solving Courts and increased emphasis on human rights.
The 2015 Gala honored these three leaders of the bench and featured a conversation between them and Charlie Rose in which they considered their legacy, contributions and the role of the Chief Judge in the legal system of New York. That film is available below.
For this event honoring the State's three most recent Chief Judges: Jonathan Lippman, Judith S. Kaye and Sol Wachtler, we asked the Judges to sit down with Charlie Rose for a conversation on their lives, careers and judicial philosophy.
One of the most important developments in the recent history of the New York courts, the Commercial Division has provided a venue for resolving complex business disputes in the state. After two decades, the Society recognized the Division & the people who helped it succeed at our most recent Gala.
For the 2014 Gala the Society produced a film looking back at the first 20 years of the Commercial Division, featuring interviews with judges & attorneys who had been involved with its development.
In 2013 the Society was proud to honor the five women judges who had sat, or who were sitting, on the Court of Appeals: Judith S. Kaye, Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, Victoria A. Graffeo, Susan Phillips Read & Jenny Rivera.
Watch interviews with the five women judges of the Court of Appeals as they recount their experiences and paths to the Court.
Since its founding in 1876 the New York State Bar Association has been a force for reform in New York, and the Society honored this tradition at the 2012 Gala. Featuring the participation of many past Presidents of the Bar Association, this event examined the many facets of the organization.
Roy Reardon, in addition to being the Exexutive Vice President of the Society, is one of the most prominent attorneys New York state, having argued extensively in the state and federal courts. Perhaps his best known case was his pro bono representation of Casey Martin in his suit against the PGA for preventing from using a golf cart in competition. Our 2011 Gala recognized his contributions to New York.
In 2009 Judge Lippman succeeded Judith Kaye as Chief Judge of New York, and in 2010 the Society recognized the new Chief at that year's Gala. Judge Lippman already had a distinguished career in the New York courts, rising from an entry-level court attorney position to become Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department before being nominted for Chief Judge by Governor David A. Paterson.
In her final year as Chief Judge, the Society recognized the historic career of Judith S. Kaye. Starting as a pioneering woman attorney in New York City, Chief Judge Kaye became the first woman judge on the Court of Appeals in 1983 before becoming New York's first woman Chief Judge in 1993. Her tenure, stretching over 14 years, also made her the longest serving Chief Judge in the history of the state. The Society was proud to honor its Founder at the 2009 Gala.
2008 marked important anniversaries for everyone involved in the justice system in Manhattan. The beatiful County Courthouse, designed by architect Guy Lowell, and colloquially called 60 Centre Street, marked its 80th year. Meanwhile the County & Supreme Court clerk Norman Goodman celebrated his 40th year in office.
This historic event brought together all of the retired judges of the Court of Appeals, whose combined tenure spaned the years 1973 through 2006...over 30 years of judicial experience. This initial Gala set the bar for all of the future events.
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