Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Society's annual gala dinner at the NY Public Library

Honoring the NY Commercial Division Courts and its Judges...What a Success!

We are pleased and excited to have a large new working group to plan our gala...the 2014 Gala Planning Committee.

They are hard at work to make this evening a great success, both as a necessary fund-raiser (the only one we have each year), and as an evening that will take a unique look back at the formation of the Commercial Division and its development with commentary from the judges. All of the Commercial Division judges will be invited as our guests.

Our 2014 Gala Planning Committee

Our Chairs:

Roy L. Reardon, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
John S. Siffert, Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP


Our Committee:

• Hon. Barry A. Cozier, LeClairRyan
• Barry H. Garfinkel, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
• Hon. Norman Goodman, New York County Clerk
• Robert J. Giuffra, Jr., Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
• Michael W. Leahy, AIG
• Alan Levine, Cooley LLP
• Hon. E. Leo Milonas, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
• Stephen P. Younger, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
• Mark C. Zauderer, Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP


Past Gala Dinners

2013 Gala Video: Honoring Lady Justice: NYS Court of Appeals Women Jurists

On April 18, 2013 the Society held its annual fundraiser honoring the five women judges of the New York State Court of Appeals as of that date; covering a span of 30 years: Judith S. Kaye, Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, Victoria A. Graffeo, Susan Phillips Read & Jenny Rivera. As part of the evening the Society produced a video of personal interviews and a roundtable discussion with the Judges. You can view this video below.

2013 Gala Dinner

The Women Judges of The New York State
Court of Appeals (L to R)
Hon. Judith S. Kaye
Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick
Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo
Hon. Susan Phillips Read
Hon. Jenny Rivera

The Society would like to thank Ken Barber of
Media by the Bay for producing this film

Annual Gala Dinners: 2007-2013

Annual Gala Dinner

Programs from Past Annual Gala Dinners: [PDF]

2013: Honoring Lady Justice: NYS Court of Appeals Women Jurists

2012: The New York State Bar and its Presidents

2011: Roy L. Reardon

2010: Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman

2009: Former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye

2008: Hon. Norman Goodman and the New York County Courthouse

2007: The Retired Judges of the New York Court of Appeals


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