Event to Address Gender Disparity among Capital Region Judges

3/22/2010 | Facebook | Twitter | Email

The Capital District lags far behind the rest of the state and nation in the appointment and election of women to the bench, according to a recent report released by the University at Albany Center for Women in Government.

The report found that nationwide women make up 22 percent of all federal judges, but in the Northern District of New York, which encompasses a 26-county region in and around the Capital District, there are fifteen men and no women on either the Federal District Court or Federal Magistrate benches

A panel of judges and attorneys will discuss this report, and other topics related to judicial diversity, at "Why Diversity in the Judiciary and Legal Profession Matters: Charting New Pathways" to be held at Albany Law School on March 31 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The panel will include:

  • New York State Court of Appeals Judge Victoria Graffeo
  • Appellate Division Justice Karen Peters
  • Appellate Division Justice Elizabeth Garry
  • George King, Inspector General of the NYS Comptroller's Office
  • Patricia Rodriguez, Vice President of the NYS Bar Association for the 4th Judicial District

Albany City Court Judges Rachel Kretser and Helena Heath-Roland will moderate.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested by March 26 by contacting Kate McGuirl, Capital District Women's Bar Association, at katemcguirl@yahoo.com or Pershia Wilkins, Albany Law School, at diversity@albanylaw.edu.

The program is sponsored by the Capital District Women's Bar Association (CDWBA), in conjunction with the New York State Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association, the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges-N.Y. Chapter, Albany Law School, the Center for Women in Government and the Fund for Modern Courts.