Presiding Justice Elizabeth A. Garry ’90 Joins Board of Trustees

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Presiding Justice Elizabeth A. Garry '90

Albany Law School is pleased to welcome Presiding Justice Elizabeth A. Garry ’90 as the newest member of its Board of Trustees. She was appointed to a five-year term by the Board in December.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have someone as wise and accomplished as Justice Garry join our Board of Trustees,” said President and Dean Alicia Ouellette ’94. “Justice Garry has a tremendous judicial record, she is a great friend to the Law School, and she is an inspirational leader.”

Garry is currently the 16th Presiding Justice for New York State’s Supreme Court Appellate Division Third Judicial Department. She was appointed to that position on January 1, 2018 after she was appointed to join the Third Department in March 2009. Beyond her current duties on the bench, she has decades of experience and service throughout the state’s judicial system.
She is also the current Commissioner and past Co-Chair of the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York Courts and has served on various boards and professional associations including: 

•    International Association of LGBTQ Judges, Director, 2015-present
•    New York State Bar Association Committee on LGBT People and the Law, 2011-present
•    Albany Law School, National Alumni Association Board, 2011-2019
•    Del-Chen-O Chapter of Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Founding Member

An active member of the Albany Law School alumni community, Garry received the Kate Stoneman award, one of Albany Law’s highest honors, in 2012. She received the law school’s Humanitarian Achievement Award in 2019.

She has participated in numerous law school events, notably the inaugural LGBT Law Day in March 2015. In 2017, she was a panelist for “The State of LGBT Rights” and “Running with Pride,” a discussion on running for elected office and identifying as LGBTQ+, and served as a judge for the Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition for many years. 

She was one of five judges who administered the oath of professionalism to the incoming class at the Law School’s Fall 2020 Orientation. 

Garry graduated Cum Laude from Albany Law School after she received her undergraduate degree from Alfred University.