Cheryl D. Mills, senior vice president and general counsel of New York University—and lead defense attorney for President Clinton during his Senate impeachment trial—was the special guest speaker and one of the honorees at Albany Law School's annual Kate Stoneman Day on Thursday, March 22.
Kate Stoneman Day honors those in the legal profession who reflect the spirit of Kate Stoneman by actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women. Kate Stoneman was the first woman admitted to practice law in New York State. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1886 and was the first female graduate of Albany Law School in 1898.
A Kate Stoneman Award was also presented to Hon. Leslie E. Stein '81; Sharon P. Stiller '75; and Marina Angel, Albany Law's 2006 Kate Stoneman Visiting Professor of Law and Democracy .
Hon. Leslie E. Stein '81 is a current member of Albany Law's National Alumni Association Board of Directors and sits on the New York State Supreme Court for the Third Judicial District. Throughout her career, Justice Stein has been a strong advocate on behalf of women and children, and a role model for female attorneys and judges in the Capital District. She received the Distinguished Member Award from the Capital District Women's Bar Association in 1999.
Sharon P. Stiller '75 is a partner at the Rochester firm of Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson LLP in the firm's Business & Corporate Litigation Practice Groups. She was instrumental in developing and promoting "Nikki's Hope", a project of the Volunteer Legal Services Program, which recruited and trained attorneys to provide legal representation for women experiencing domestic violence. She was elected to the Seneca Falls Women's Hall of Fame in 1997.
Marina Angel taught a course on Violence Against Women, affiliated with the Clinic & Justice Center's Domestic Violence Clinics, during her tenure at Albany Law School. She is a professor of Law at Temple University's Beasley School of Law and is a nationally and internationally recognized women's rights scholar. She has dedicated herself to improving the status of women and minorities in the legal profession, and reforming it to make their advancement possible. Her writings have focused on sexual harassment, abuse and violence against women and girls, legal education, criminal law, and labor and employment law.