The Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, retired senior associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, will deliver the 2013 Hugh R. Jones Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Albany Law School.
Hon. Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of New York state, will introduce Judge Ciparick.
Judge Ciparick spent 19 years on New York state’s highest court, and 34 years on the bench. She was appointed on December 1, 1993, by Governor Mario Cuomo, and she was re-appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer in November 2007.
During her tenure on the court, she wrote the majority opinion for the court in 322 cases, 62 dissents and seven concurring opinions. Judge Ciparick has written some of the court's most significant decisions, breaking new ground on issues such as school funding, the separation of church and state, and the death penalty.
Judge Ciparick started her career as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City, where she worked from 1967 to 1969, when she became an assistant counsel for the Judicial Conference of the State of New York. She then served as chief law assistant of the Criminal Court of the City of New York and counsel in the Office of the New York City Administrative Judge. In 1978, she was appointed judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York, and in 1982 was elected to the New York State Supreme Court.
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. The event is co-sponsored by Albany Law School and the Fund for Modern Courts.
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.
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.