Hon. Judith Kaye to Deliver Hugh Jones Memorial Lecture

9/19/2012 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

Albany Law School and The Fund for Modern Courts will host the 10th Anniversary Judge Hugh R. Jones Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in the law school’s Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom.

The Honorable Judith S. Kaye, who served as chief judge of New York from 1993 until 2008, will deliver this year’s address "Mining Treasures: A Decade of Hugh R. Jones Memorial Lectures."

Named for former New York State Court of Appeals Associate Judge Hugh R. Jones, the lecture series examines important themes in the justice system through research and writing by an experienced and well-respected jurist.

Judge Kaye was appointed to the Court of Appeals an associate judge in 1983 by Governor Mario Cuomo, becoming the first woman ever to sit on the state’s highest court. She served as chief judge for 15 years, longer than any other chief judge in New York’s history. Since her retirement from the bench, she has been of counsel to the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates.

Judge Kaye gained a national reputation for both her groundbreaking decisions and her innovative reforms of the New York court system. She wrote notable decisions on a wide variety of statutory, constitutional and common law issues, including rights for gay couples and the death penalty. She also left her mark on New York’s courts as a creative reformer, streamlining New York’s jury system and establishing specialized courts to focus on issues such as drug addiction, domestic violence and mental health issues.

In addition, Judge Kaye created the Adoption Now program that has produced more effective procedures for children in foster care and their families. Her reforms have been implemented by many other state courts. She is the author of more than 200 publications, including articles on legal process, state constitutional law, women in law, juvenile justice, professional ethics and problem-solving courts.

She has received numerous awards recognizing her judicial and scholarly accomplishments, such as the New York State Bar Association’s Gold Medal, the ABA Justice Center John Marshall Award, the National Center for State Courts’ William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Adoption Excellence Award.

The lecture’s title honoree, Judge Hugh R. Jones, was a leader in efforts to ensure fair and efficient courts in New York state. He served as chair of the Commission on Judicial Nomination; chair of the Temporary State Commission on Executive, Legislative and Judicial Compensation; chair of the Select Committee on Correctional Institutions and Programs; president of the New York State Bar Association; and director of the Committee for Modern Courts. Judge Jones also authored a leading article on judging, "Cogitations on Appellate Decision-Making."

The previous Jones Memorial Lectures have been presented by eight distinguished former Associate Judges of the New York State Court of Appeals: Hon. Sol Wachtler; Hon. Richard C. Wesley; Hon. Howard A. Levine; Hon. Stewart F. Hancock, Jr.; Hon. Richard D. Simons; Hon. Joseph W. Bellacosa; Hon. George Bundy Smith; Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt; and Hon. Richard J. Bartlett, a former chief administrative judge of New York state.

This program offers one Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit of Professional Practice. To register, contact The Fund for Modern Courts at 212-541-6741 or justice@moderncourts.com.

The Fund for Modern Courts is an independent nonpartisan statewide court reform organization committed to improving the court system for all New Yorkers. Modern Courts supports a judiciary that provides for the fair administration of justice, equal access to the courts, and that is independent, highly qualified and diverse. By research, public outreach, education and lobbying efforts, Modern Courts seeks to advance these goals and to ensure that the public confidence in the judiciary remains strong.