The New York State Bar
Association (NYSBA) honored Janet DiFiore, chief judge of the Court of Appeals
and of the state of New York, with its Gold Medal Award on January 19 during
its Annual Meeting in New York City.
The Gold Medal, the
highest honor bestowed by NYSBA, is awarded each year to a lawyer whose
qualifications include outstanding legal accomplishments, an active interest in
and positive influence upon the profession, and constructive contributions in
civic and community matters.
“Chief Judge Janet
DiFiore’s esteemed legal career and her extraordinary contributions to the
legal community, the Rule of Law and meaningful access to justice make her a
natural choice for this award,” said NYSBA President Michael Miller. “Chief
Judge DiFiore joins a pantheon of legal luminaries who have previously been so
honored, including Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Justice Thurgood Marshall;
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Justice Robert H. Jackson; John Foster Dulles; and
the late Chief Judge of the State of New York Judith S. Kaye, to name but a
“I am deeply honored to
receive this prestigious award, and truly humbled to join past recipients who I
have long admired for their significant contributions to the legal profession
and unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice,” said DiFiore.
DiFiore has served as
chief judge since Jan. 21, 2016. Previously, DiFiore served as an assistant
district attorney in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office from
1981 to 1987, and from 1994 to 1998 as chief of its Narcotics Bureau. In 1998,
she was elected a judge of the Westchester County Court. Four years later, she
was elected a justice of the New York State Supreme Court. In 2005, DiFiore resigned from the bench and was elected Westchester
County District Attorney. She served in this position from 2006 to 2016, when
she became chief judge.
About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar
Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since
1876, the Association has helped shape the development of law, educated and
informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New
Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.
###Contact: Christian Nolancnolan@nysba.org