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    Welcome to the Judicial Section "If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: thou shall not ration justice." Justice Learned Hand
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  • Upcoming Events
    • November 2, 2017 - Law, Justice and the Holocaust: How the Courts Failed Germany

      The New York State Bar Association Judicial Section and Council of Judicial Associations present:

      “Law, Justice and the Holocaust: How the Courts Failed Germany”

      Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

      Time: 5:00pm - 5:25pm - Registration
      5:30pm - 7:00pm - Program
      7:00pm - 8:00pm - Reception

      Location: Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, 40 Foley Square (40 Centre Street), Room 145, New York, New York 10007

      Registration Fee: Free
      Pre-registration required by October 25th. Space is limited. Program materials are mailed in advance of program.


      Registration: Pre-registration required by October 25th. Space is limited. Program materials are mailed in advance of program.


      Presented By: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

      Sponsored by: The New York State Bar Association Judicial Section, the Honorable Conrad Singer, Presiding Chair

      The Nazi period presented the judiciary with intense personal and professional dilemmas. Judges especially were among the few inside Germany who could have challenged the legitimacy of the regime as well as the laws restricting civil rights and guarantees of property. And yet, the overwhelming majority did not. Instead, most judges not only upheld the law but interpreted in broad and far-reaching ways that facilitated, rather than hindered, the Nazis’ ability to carry out their agenda. The decisions they made left millions vulnerable to the racist and anti-Semitic ideology of the Nazi state.

      In the Museum’s Law, Justice and the Holocaust program for judges, participants seek to critically examine the pressures faced by German jurists under the Nazis. This close scrutiny of the past provides a framework for a debate on the role of the judiciary in the United States today: what is the responsibility of judges to the legal system as a whole? What have been the challenges to a fair and impartial administration of justice in the United States? What can judges do to ensure that the kinds of failures that led to the Holocaust do not happen in this country?

      For more information: Patricia Wood, pwood@nysba.org; 518.487.5570

      Special Thanks to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the US Courts for the Second Circuit, Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse

  • About the Section

    The Judicial Section is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. The Judicial Section is a resource offering opportunities for valuable interaction with peers. Making contacts through Judicial Section membership is not limited to the courtroom. Networking with colleagues is an important part of achieving success, enhancing the professionalism of the judiciary and striking a healthy work-life balance. Join us and lend your voice to ensure your opinions are represented. The Judicial Section committees address unique issues facing the duties, responsibilities, and welfare of the judiciary. The Section also provides a forum for representatives of the Council of Judicial Associations to address issues relating to legislation and court procedure.

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  • Section Benefits

    A combination of valuable benefits - exclusive for New York State Bar Association Judicial Section members - keep you up-to-date on the growing number of issues and concerns that face the judicial system and the legal profession.


    As an exclusive benefit for each and every member of the Judicial Section, NYSBA's CLE Department offers THREE FREE ONLINE CLE programs on an annual basis. Chosing from NYSBA CLE's online video and audio catalog makes your programs of choice instantly accessible to you, from the comfort of your chambers or home computer.  All online course materials are provided in digital form:  www.nysba.org/cle.

    You also will receive:

    • The members-only newsletter, “Judicial Dispatch,” exclusively for Judicial Section members, written by and for judges
    • A discount to attend the Judicial Section Annual Meeting luncheon
    • Unparalleled camaraderie among our State’s guardians of the law

    Rewarding Opportunities for Professional Growth

    We offer you excellent ways to enhance your knowledge and expertise by participating in Section activities, such as the Judicial Section luncheon held each year in conjunction with NYSBA's Annual Meeting. The luncheon consists of a program featuring a prominent member of either the New York State government, the judiciary, or another speaker of interest to the judiciary on a current topic. Section members are invited to attend this program at discounted rates.

    The Judicial Section also provides forums for representatives of the Council of Judicial Associations to address issues relating to legislation and court procedure. These forums take place five times per year. The activities provide your representatives with valuable ways to network with other judges from across the state, work with those colleagues who share your interests, and share information on effective advocacy techniques and efficient case management.

  • Judicial Dispatch
    The Judicial Dispatch is a publication of the New York State Bar Association's Judicial Section. Archives are below and limited to members of the Judicial Section.

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