September 9, 2008
NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR 2008 RUTH G. SCHAPIRO AWARD
Association members who have made noteworthy contributions to addressing
the concerns of women
ALBANY—The New York State Bar
Association is seeking nominations for its annual Ruth G. Schapiro
Award, which is given to a female or male member of the Association who
has made a noteworthy contribution to addressing the concerns of
The award was developed and is
administered by the Committee on Women in the Law in honor of its first
chair, Ruth G. Schapiro. The committee’s initial report, developed
in 1987 under Schapiro’s guidance, has served as a springboard for
subsequent Association reports and actions on issues affecting not only
women in the profession, but the public at large. These issues include
domestic violence, child abuse, bias, health and gender equity. Through
her leadership, the committee instituted educational programs and
publications for the public and the profession.
“Ruth Schapiro’s work as chair
of the Committee on Women in the Law continues to make an indelible
impact upon the legal community and the lives of all women,” said
Taa R. Grays of New
York(MetLife), chair of
the Committee on Women in the Law. “The committee is proud to
carry on Schapiro’s
legacy of helping women by honoring those individuals committed to her
Current members of the Committee on Women
in the Law are not eligible to receive the award. The award will be
presented at the January 30, 2009 meeting of the Association’s
House of Delegates.
The Hon. Judith S. Kaye, Chief
Judge of the State of New
York, was the first
recipient. Past honorees were Fern Schair, Senior Vice-President,
American Arbitration Association; Maryann Saccomando Freedman, Past
President of the New York State Bar Association, currently with Cohen
& Lombardo, PC; the Hon. Sondra Miller, retired Associate Justice of
the Appellate Division, Second Department; the late Hon. M. Dolores
Denman, formerly Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth
Department; the Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin, former Associate Justice of
the Appellate Division, First Department, currently with Alston &
Bird LLP; retired Bay Shore practitioner Anne Mead; Hon. Rachel Kretser,
Albany City Court, Criminal Part; the late Joan L. Ellenbogen, former
New York City practitioner; Hon. Kristin Booth Glen,
Surrogate’s Court , New YorkCounty; posthumously to former Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke;
M. Catherine Richardson, Past President of the New York State Bar
Association and retired private practitioner; Professor Eileen R.
Kaufman, Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center; Denise E.
O’Donnell, Commissioner, NYS Division of Criminal Justice
Services, and Assistant Secretary for Criminal Justice; Catherine J.
Douglass, Executive Director, inMotion; Professor Rhonda Copelon, CUNY
School of Law; posthumously to the late Edith I. Spivack, former
Assistant Corporation Counsel of the New York City Department of Law;
and the Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge
for Matrimonial Matters.
The deadline for nominations is
October 10, 2008. Nominations should be directed to the Committee on
Women in the Law, New York State Bar
Association, One Elk
Street , Albany , NY 12207, faxed to 518-463-8527, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional forms can be obtained by calling 518-487-5561.
The 74,000-member New York State
Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers
in New Yorkand
the largest voluntary state bar association in the
nation. Founded in 1876, NYSBA programs and
activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice
system for more than 130 years.