The Honorable Judith
Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship
The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Honorable Judith S. Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship, which has been established by The Foundation through a gift from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The scholarship(s) will be awarded to up to five female litigators and will cover the cost of their registration at the 2017 Commercial Litigation Academy (“Litigation Academy”). The goal of the Scholarship is to help increase the number of women taking a leadership role in commercial cases litigated in both the state and federal courts in New York. The Litigation Academy is sponsored by the NYSBA and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the NYSBA.
Recipients will receive the award on November 14, 2016 in the Ceremonial Courtroom in the Southern District of New York in conjunction with the presentation of the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom to a female litigator who has distinguished herself in the courtroom in either the Federal or State Courts in New York and has shown a commitment to mentoring young attorneys in the legal community. The first recipient of the Hon. Shira A Scheindlin Award is Carrie H. Cohen, who led the trial team in the recent trial of former Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver. Former female Chairs of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section will be presenting a CLE program along with junior female attorneys from a number of law firms in New York as part of the program.
Female attorneys who are in good standing the New York State Bar and have practiced law between two and six years since their admission to the New York State bar.
Scholarship Application Requirements
To apply, please submit the following:
1. A two page letter stating (i) why you should be selected as a Kaye Scholar and how receiving this scholarship would benefit your career and (ii) a statement that receiving this scholarship will enable you to attend the Litigation Academy where it would not otherwise be possible.
2. A resume.
Payment of Scholarship:
The scholarship will be applied to the recipients' full registration fee for the 2017 Commercial Litigation Academy to be held on May 4 and 5, 2017 at the New York Society of Security Analysts in Manhattan.
The application and supporting documents must be postmarked on or before Friday, September 30, 2016.
Recipients of the Kaye Scholarship will be based on the following factors:
- Content of letter
- Quality of written expression
- Work and other experience
- Any other relevant factors
Recipients must attend the November 14, 2016 event when the scholarships will be awarded.
All materials must be submitted by mail and postmarked on or before Friday, September 30, 2016.
The New York Bar Foundation
The Honorable Judith S. Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship
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Albany, NY 12207
Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom
Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom was created by the
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section in honor of the Section's former
Chair, who served as a United States District Judge for the Southern District
of New York from September 1994 through April 2016. Prior to serving as a
United States District Judge, Judge Scheindlin served as a Magistrate Judge for
the Eastern District of New York, an Assistant United States Attorney for the
Eastern District of New York, the general counsel for the New York City
Department of Investigation and a commercial litigator in private practice.
Section will present the Award annually in November, on or around the date when
women received the right to vote in New York State in 1917. The Award
will be given to a female litigator who has distinguished herself in the
courtroom in either the Federal or State Courts in New York and who has shown a
commitment to mentoring young attorneys in the legal community.
Selection Committee was comprised of Judge Shira A. Scheindlin (ret.), United
States District Judge P. Kevin Castel, Presiding Justice Karen K. Peters, Appellate
Division Third Department, Bernice K. Leber, Former State Bar President and
Section Chair and Mark A. Berman, Current Section Chair.
Message from Section Chair, Mark Berman
is a privilege and honor to have been elected Chair of the Commercial and
Federal Litigation Section, following in the steps of great icons of the New
York State Commercial Bar. The Section’s
membership has increased over the past year and the Section is a vibrant and
robust organization of terrific commercial litigators. We are the bar organization of choice for
attorneys who practice business litigation in our State and Federal Courts, and
we will continue to add value to our members and offer the best programming
available in the State.
Fuld Award Goes to the Second Circuit
Section has great plans for the next year.
We are excited and proud to announce that the entire Second Circuit
Court of Appeals will be presented with the Section’s 2017 Stanley H. Fuld
Award at our Annual Meeting in January 2017. The award recognizes outstanding
contributions to the development of commercial law and jurisprudence in New
York. The Second Circuit’s
accomplishments in advancing commercial law in New York State, throughout this
country and the world are well-recognized.
With this award, it is only appropriate that the Annual Meeting's CLE
programming will include a panel addressing federal appellate issues. In addition to honoring the Second Circuit in
this manner, the Section also will be sponsoring an additional event with the
Second Circuit associated with the Fuld Award.
The Section is honored to be participating in celebrating the Second
Circuit’s 125th anniversary with the presentation of the Fuld award, and looks
forward to the opportunity to strengthen its ties with the Second Circuit and
the Federal Judges in each of the Districts in New York.
Section’s Women’s Initiative
Section just established a new award, the first time in over ten years that one
has been created. It is called The Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence
in the Courtroom in honor of the Section's former Chair, who served with
distinction as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New
York from September 1994 through April 2016. The Section will present
this award annually in November, around the date when women received the right
to vote in New York State in 1917, to a woman who has distinguished herself in
the courtroom in either the Federal or State Courts in New York and who has
shown a commitment to mentoring young attorneys in the legal community.
awardee will be Carrie Cohen, now of Morrison & Foerster, who this year
successfully prosecuted Sheldon Silver as an Assistant United States Attorney and
who served as Section Chair in 2007-2008.
The award will be presented on November 14th in the ceremonial courtroom
in the Southern District of New York's Federal Courthouse.
November program will also initiate a new Section scholarship funded through
the New York Bar Foundation to be awarded to junior female attorneys, which
covers the cost of their registration to the Section’s 2017 Commercial
Litigation Academy. The goal of this new
scholarship is to prepare women to serve as first chair in business litigation
trials. The awardees will be called Kaye
Scholars in honor of the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, the State’s former Chief Judge. The program will have, among other
components, a CLE trial practice program and its participants will include
female former chairs of the Section as well as young rising women
attorneys. Additional programming
seeking to increase the number of women in the courtroom is also intended this
and Our Cutting Edge Reports
Already scheduled for September 29 is a ground-breaking
Section four credit CLE program entitled “Legal Ethics in the Digital Age” that draws upon members of our Ethics,
eDiscovery and Social Media committees as well a member of the Executive
Committee of the New York State Bar. The
Section is also working on putting together a joint CLE with the Dispute
Resolution Section on eDiscovery and arbitration.
The Section intends to continue to lead
the nation in issuing reports concerning our new digital world. The eDiscovery Committee will debut its Third
Edition of its “Best Practices in
eDiscovery in New York State and Federal Courts” this fall. The Social Media Committee also intends to
issue its Third Version of its “Social Media Ethics Guidelines” next spring. The Second Version of the Social Media Ethics
Guidelines already leads the nation on the issue and is highlighted on the
State Bar's homepage.
Chief Judge DiFiore and the Section’s Executive
Meetings Continue to Travel the State
We have always
invited State and Federal Judges to speak at our monthly Executive Committee
meetings concerning current issues, but this coming year we are extremely proud
to kick off the year in September with Chief Judge Janet DiFiore speaking to
our Section’s Executive Committee.
As for our
monthly Executive Committee meetings, continuing the initiative of holding
meetings throughout the State, we anticipate travelling out of New York City
three times during the next year and will seek to have these meetings held at
upstate Federal Courthouses. By having
our Executive Committee meetings at Federal Courthouses, we hope to forge
closer ties to the Federal District Judges throughout our State, as well as to their
law clerks and local practitioners, who will be able to see first-hand the
benefits of joining our Section.
Diversity – Seeking to Add Diversity, Youth and Law Students to the Section
As part of our
membership initiative, the officers of the Section intend to speak with law
students at law schools around the State to encourage them to join our
Section. To that end, the Section has
created a video promoting the benefits of joining the Section which will be
shown to students during our visits. The
Section also intends to work with local upstate bar associations to create a
diversity program with the goal of increasing the diversity of the Section
statewide. The Section is going to work
with local bar associations, having already reached to the Asian American Bar
Association, to explore symbiotic relationships with the Section. In addition, the Section this year created a
formal Kids Club at our Spring Meeting in Cooperstown in order to encourage
Section members who have young child to attend our meeting. I will seek to make this a permanent addition
to our programing with the goal of extending our reach to our membership who
have not typically attended our Spring Meetings.
The Section will continue to focus its
efforts on educating the business community of the benefits of litigating in
New York by continuing our support of finding new ways to make litigating in
our New York State and Federal Courts more efficient and cost effective. We have the best and brightest attorneys as
members of our Section, and it is their creative ideas that have assisted the
Bench and Bar in seeking to achieve this objective.
This will be an exciting year, and the
Section is committed to providing value to its members through CLEs,
programming, reports and the mentoring of young attorneys. We are always open to ideas, so please feel
free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share with
me your thoughts regarding how we can continue to grow and improve.
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