CHIEF JUSTICES MEET IN MANHATTAN
Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye was the host of the 2005 midyear meeting of the Conference of Chief Justices at Le Parker Meridien Hotel from Jan. 23-26.
Chief Justices from more than 40 states gathered for their annual Conference to discuss topics such as access to and fairness in the courts, jury reform, families and children and specialized business court models. Session topics included "Issues in Jury Reform"and "Accountability and Safety: State Court Response to Domestic Violence."
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, the current president of the Conference of Chief Justices, spoke at the opening ceremonies. Justice Abrahamson welcomed the group and called New York home to some of the most innovative courts.
Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, was the luncheon speaker on the closing day. He described the many challenges of administering the Fund, created by Congress to provide 9/11 victims and their survivors with an alternative to litigation. The National Center for State Courts, which serves as executive staff for the Conference, sponsored the event.
Photos from top to bottom: Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, President of the Conference of Chief Justices; New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (photo: Teodors Ermansons); the Chief Justices
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