Contact: Brandon Vogel
February 1, 2008
STATE BAR PRESENTS 2007 RUTH SCHAPIRO MEMORIAL AWARD TO HONORABLE JACQUELINE SILBERMANN
Honoree cited for commitment to women’s rights and creating domestic violence awareness
Silbermann currently serves as
Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Matrimonial
Matters. Her career achievements
include: the first female appointment to Administrative Judge of the
Civil Court of the City of
The award, named after Ruth G. Schapiro, a tireless advocate for women’s issues, honors a member of the association who makes positive contributions in areas such as domestic violence, child abuse, bias, health and other concerns of women in the profession and in public life.
The Association’s Committee on Women in the Law (CWIL) named the award to honor the memory of Ms. Schapiro, who was the Committee’s first chair. Under Schapiro’s leadership, CWIL established educational programs and publications for the public and for lawyers. In 1987, the Committee issued its first report on issues affecting women, which was a springboard for increasingly meaningful actions that have contributed to the progress of women in the law, and in particular, women’s issues.
“I am immensely honored to be receiving this award memorializing Ruth Schapiro, a true pioneer for women in the legal profession. Moreover, I am proud to be in the distinguished company of the past recipients of this award, for whom I have such high regard and deep affection. While young lawyers today have certainly benefited from the efforts of Ruth Schapiro and others who have followed in her footsteps, we all need to remember our obligation to be mentors and role models for the newer members of the profession. It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve as a jurist over the past twenty years, and it is my sincere hope that my efforts in the areas of family law and children’s rights will serve to inspire those who will follow me in this vital work,” said Silbermann.
She has written several articles in
the New York Law Journal on matrimonial matters and law
settlements. Widely regarded
Silbermann serves on the board for the New York Women’s Bar Association and Fordham University School of Law. She is a member of the Association’s Family Law and Judicial Sections and a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.
The Ruth G. Schapiro Award, given
annually since 1992, was first presented to the Hon. Judith S. Kaye,
Chief Judge of the State of
The 74,000 member New York State
Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers