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September 2015 Newsletter

NEW EVENT - Mark Your Calendars!

JOIN US FOR A JOINT PROGRAM WITH THE U.S. SUPREME COURT HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Fri., November 20, 2015


NYC Bar Association
42 W. 44th Street, NYC

As part of our ongoing series with the Supreme Court Historical Society, Nominated From New York: The Empire State’s Contributions to the Supreme Court Bench, we are pleased to present a program featuring The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States.  The Chief Justice will present remarks on Charles Evans Hughes, who served as Chief Justice of the United States from 1930 to 1941.  The remarks will be followed by an interview of Chief Justice Roberts by The Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, will introduce the evening’s program.

Details about this program and how to register will be emailed to members in the coming weeks.

UPCOMING EVENT

WESTERN NEW YORK WOMEN PIONEERS IN THE LAW
A Celebration


Program II in the series New York State Law Schools Present

Thu., November 5, 2015


SUNY Buffalo Law School
UB North Campus
John Lord O'Brian Hall, Rm. 106
Buffalo, NY 14260

The next program in the Society's series will look at the contributions of women from Western New York to our legal heritage. Hosted in partnership with SUNY Buffalo Law School, the program will highlight:
  • Shirley St. Hill Chisholm, First African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress (NY 12th District, 1969-1983). Presented by Brian Higgins, United States Congressman, 26th Congressional District of N.Y.
  • Charlotte Smallwood-Cook, First woman District Attorney in New York (Wyoming County, 1950-1953). Presented by Michael B. Powers, Clarence Town Justice, Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP.
  • Belva B. Lockwood, First woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Presented by Hon. Erin M. Peradotto, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department.
  • Kate Stoneman, First woman admitted to practice in New York. Presented by Michelle Henry, County Historian, Chautauqua County.
  • Helen Z.M. Rodgers, First woman graduate of Buffalo Law School. Presented by Bernadette Gargano, Lecturer in Law, Legal Analysis, Writing and Research, SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Introductory remarks by Hon. Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., Associate Judge N.Y. Court of Appeals, Hon. Paula L. Feroleto, Administrative Judge, 8th Judicial District and James A. Gardner, Interim Dean, SUNY Buffalo Law School.
 
Post-Program Reception – Open to Everyone!
Join us at the reception proceeding the program where you'll be able to mingle with program participants and invited guests. This reception is free and open to everyone.
 
This event is presented in partnership with SUNY Buffalo Law School and Phillips Lytle LLP.

Registration Opens Soon, Stay Tuned!

LAST EVENT

AN EVENING WITH ROBERT FISKE, JR.

A Life of Public & Private Service to the Law

 
On July 27th, law interns, summer associates and new attorneys from 49 different law firms and public service organizations gathered at the New York City Bar to listen to Robert Fiske, Jr.

Mr. Fiske gave an inspirational speech to these young law enthusiasts about the importance of focusing on both private practice and public service to the law. He received a standing ovation at the end of the talk.
 
Video of the program is now available on our website: ROBERT FISKE EVENT

EDUCATION

2016 DAVID A. GARFINKEL ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP


Topic Announced:

YOU, THE JUROR
What Role Does Jury Service Play in our Democracy?


Now in its ninth year, the David A. Garfinkel Essay Scholarship offers CUNY & SUNY Community College students the opportunity to receive cash prizes, improve their research/writing skills, and add their essay participation to their resumes. Winners of the contest together with their faculty and family are invited to the Court of Appeals in Albany for Law Day, Spring, 2016, to receive their prizes, meet the Judges, and enjoy a luncheon in their honor. This has proved to be a wonderful experience for students to learn about the Courts and its Judges.

This scholarship is funded by Gloria and Barry H. Garfinkel in honor of their son David.

Please pass this on to eligible students you may know!

OUR NEW BLOG

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE NEW YORK COURTS BLOG


The Society is happy to announce that it will be launching a legal history blog in the coming weeks, featuring articles on a wide range of historical topics. We will be inviting judges, attorneys, scholars and authors to consider interesting points of legal history in new ways. It will also be a resource to learn about the Society's ongoing projects and events!
 
To start we will feature newly found footage of Judge Matthew Jasen's retirement from the court of appeals in 1985, an interview with Judge Judith Kaye, an introduction to researching court records, and an article from Prof. John Barrett's Jackson List.

Check our main site for a link shortly!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

JOIN THE SOCIETY OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!

 
Our members are an integral part of our Society. Thanks to their support, we are able to continue offering our publications, school programs and public lectures about New York’s rich legal history. With your help we can expand our reach with new platforms, such as our new Society Blog.
 
Please consider joining the Society or renewing your membership today. Benefits of higher membership levels include invitations to private receptions, copies of our books and other benefits. Visit our website to learn about our levels of giving.
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