Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the State of New York, will deliver the annual commencement address at Albany Law School's 156th commencement on Friday, May 18. Kaye will also receive the Trustees' Gold Medal Award - the Law School's highest honor - in recognition of her distinguished service to the school and the community. The commencement ceremony will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga at 11:00 a.m. Kaye will address over 230 members of the Class of 2007.
Hon. Judith S. Kaye became the first woman to serve on New York state's highest court in 1983 when Governor Mario Cuomo appointed her associate judge of the Court of Appeals. In 1993, Governor Cuomo selected Judge Kaye to become chief judge of the Court of Appeals. She is the first woman to occupy that office, the state's highest judicial office. Judge Kaye was recently reconfirmed to another term as New York's chief judge, making her the only jurist ever reappointed to the post.
Judge Kaye has authored numerous publications on issues including legal process, state constitutional law, women in law, professional ethics and problem-solving courts. She is also the recipient of many awards and several honorary degrees.
Judge Kaye serves as chair of the Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children. She is also a founding member and honorary chair of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, a member of the Board of Editors of the New York State Bar Journal, and trustee of the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation.
Judge Kaye is a graduate of Barnard College and New York University School of Law.