Campus - A Toast to Judge Stein

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A Toast to Judge Stein

Retirement Celebration for The Honorable Leslie E. Stein (ret.) ’81
Director, Government Law Center

Thursday, May 16, 2024
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Albany Law School, East Foyer
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208


Join us to celebrate the retirement of the Honorable Leslie E. Stein (ret.) ’81, the Director of the Government Law Center. Judge Stein has had many roles at Albany Law School, from student, to trustee, and to Director of the Government Law Center. Since stepping into the role of Director in 2021, Judge Stein has led the growth and prominence of the GLC. 

Judge Stein came to Albany Law School and the Government Law Center as the Director and used her remarkable career and esteemed reputation to continue to enhance the Albany Law School brand across all sectors of the government and the broader community. Under Judge Stein’s leadership, the Center has reinvigorated and sustained incredible programming that connects current students with enhanced learning experiences and builds upon Albany Law School’s tremendous network of alumni and other partners to assist the public in understanding the work of government. The GLC team, under her guidance and empowering support, has enhanced programs such as the terrific GLC Fellows program and revitalized events such as the Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law. The Center has also created new programs and partnerships, such as the Fair Trial/Free Press Conference, publishing explainers to help the general public understand New York state constitutional amendments that are going to the ballot, the Improving Interbranch Communications Project, and more. These are just a sampling of the ways that Judge Stein’s leadership has enhanced the Center’s already established reputation and notoriety.

Help us send Judge Stein into a well-deserved retirement and thank her for her stalwart service to Albany Law School. 

The event will include a dessert reception and a champagne toast. 


About The Honorable Leslie E. Stein (ret.) ’81

Hon. Leslie E. Stein

The Hon. Leslie E. Stein ’81, who retired as an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals in June 2021, became the Director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School in September 2021.

After graduating from Albany Law, Judge Stein began her legal career as the law clerk to the Schenectady County Family Court Judges. She then practiced matrimonial and family law for over a decade with the Albany law firm of McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., where she made partner. During that time, Stein was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 1997, she left private practice to begin her judicial career as an Albany City Court Judge and Acting Albany County Family Court Judge. She was elected to the New York State Supreme Court, Third Judicial District, for a term commencing in January 2002. Judge Stein was elevated to the Third Department in 2008. She was then nominated to the New York Court of Appeals and confirmed by the New York State Senate in 2015. 

Judge Stein received her J.D. from Albany Law School in 1981, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the school from 2012 until she assumed the position with the Government Law Center. She received her B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Chel Miller

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