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Judith Smith Kaye

Judith Smith Kaye, American lawyer, retired state appeals court chief judge. Achievements include being the first women to serve on the New York State's Court of Appeals; being the first women to occupy the state judiciary's highest office, Chief Judge.

Background

  • Kaye, Judith Smith was born on August 4, 1938 in Monticello, New York, United States. Daughter of Benjamin and Lena (Cohen) Smith.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Barnard College, 1958. Bachelor of Laws cum laude, New York University, 1962. Doctor of Laws (honorary), St. Lawrence University, 1985.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Union University, 1985. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Pace University, 1985. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Syracuse University, 1988.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Long Island University, 1989.

    Career

    • Associate Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York City, 1962-1964. Staff attorney International Business Machines Corporation Corporation, Armonk, 1964-1965. Assistant to dean New York University School Law, 1965-1968.

      Partner Olwine Connelly Chase O'Donnell & Weyher, New York City, 1969-1983. Associate judge New York State Court Appeals, Albany, 1983-1993, chief judge, 1993—2008. Of counsel Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York City, since 2009.

      President, Conference of Chief Justices. Chair board director, National Center for State Courts, 2002-2003. Board director Sterling National Bank.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include being the first women to serve on the New York State's Court of Appeals. Being the first women to occupy the state judiciary's highest office, Chief Judge.

    Works

    • Board editor, New York State Bar Journal. Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Former board directors Legal Aid Society. Chair, Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children. Founding member, honorary chair, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA).

    Trustee, William Nelson Cromwell Foundation. Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member American Law Institute, American College Trial Lawyers, American Judicature Society (board directors 1980-1983), American Bar Association (co-chair, Commission on the American Jury, 2004-2005).

    Connections

    • Married Stephen Rackow Kaye, February 11, 1964 (deceased October 30, 2006). Children: Luisa Marian, Jonathan Mackey, Gordon Bernard.
    • father: Benjamin Smith
    • mother: Lena (Cohen) Smith
    • spouse: Stephen Rackow Kaye
    • children: Luisa Marian Kaye
    • Jonathan Mackey Kaye
    • Gordon Bernard Kaye
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