Andrea Stewart-Cousins, State Senate Democratic Leader, to Deliver 2016 Kate Stoneman Keynote Address

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Stoneman Award Recipients Announced; Event to Be Held in Memory of Former Chief Judge Judith Kaye

New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, leader of the Senate Democratic Conference, will deliver the keynote speech at the 22nd Annual Kate Stoneman Day, to be held Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Albany Law School. As the keynote speaker, Senator Stewart-Cousins will receive the law school’s Miriam M. Netter ’72 Stoneman Award.

Senator Stewart-Cousins was elected in 2006 to serve the 35th District and in 2009 became the first African-American woman to preside over the State Senate. Senator Stewart-Cousins made history again three years later as the first female leader of a New York state legislative conference.

From 1996-2006, Senator Stewart-Cousins served as a legislator in Westchester County, where she fought to pass landmark legislation including living wage laws, smoke-free workplace laws, and the county’s first human rights laws.

Kate Stoneman Day is free and open to the public. This year’s event will be held in memory of the Hon. Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the State of New York, who delivered the inaugural Stoneman keynote address in 1994.

Heidi Schult Gregory '93 (partner, Harris Beach PLLC) and the Honorable Margaret T. Walsh (Family Court Judge, Albany County; Acting Supreme Court Justice, Third Judicial District) will also receive Stoneman Awards, which are given annually to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women within the legal profession.

The awards are presented in honor of Kate Stoneman, the first woman admitted to practice law in New York state and the first female graduate of Albany Law School in 1898.