Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke was arrested and convicted of participating in anti-apartheid activity at the age of 15. He was imprisoned for 10 years on Robben Island, during which time he earned two college degrees. Admitted as an attorney in 1978, he focused his practice largely on legal challenges to apartheid policies and their consequences.
In 1993, Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke served on the committee that drafted South Africa’s interim constitution and served as deputy chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, which conducted South Africa’s first democratic elections. In 2001, he was appointed as a judge of the High Court in Pretoria and appointed to the Constitutional Court in 2002. Moseneke was made deputy chief justice of that court in 2005.
Presiding Justice Karen Peters was appointed as the first female presiding justice of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department by Governor Andrew Cuomo on April 5, 2012. She was appointed to the Third Department by Governor Mario Cuomo on Feb. 3, 1994. She began her judicial career in 1983 when she was elected to the Ulster County Family Court.
Previously, Presiding Justice Peters was counsel to the State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse and director of the State Assembly Government Operations Committee, as well as an assistant district attorney in Dutchess County. She earned her law degree from New York University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews is Albany Law School’s 17th president and dean, the first permanent female president for the school since it opened in 1851. Previously, Andrews was the associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, City University of New York School of Law (CUNY). Prior to joining CUNY, Andrews was a professor of law and director of international studies at Valparaiso Law School, and a professor of law at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Dean Andrews, who was born and raised in South Africa, has extensive international experience, including teaching at law schools in Germany, Australia, Holland, Scotland, Canada and South Africa. An annual award in her name—The Penelope E. Andrews Human Rights Award—was inaugurated in 2005 at her alma mater in South Africa. Along with numerous other awards, she holds a “Women of South Africa Achievement Award,” as well as Albany Law’s Kate Stoneman Award and the Shanara Gilbert/Haywood Burns Award. She has consulted for the United Nations Development Fund for Women and for the Ford Foundation in Johannesburg. She earned her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, and her LL.M from Columbia University School of Law, New York. She has published extensively on topics centered on gender and racial equality, comparative constitutional law, and the judiciary.