Judicial Section

  • Judicial Lunch 1
    Honoring the Bench "If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: thou shall not ration justice." Justice Learned Hand
  • Judicial Lunch 2
  • Judicial Lunch 3
  • Upcoming Events
    • June 14, 2017: Symposium in Honor of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye

      Is Pleased to Present a Free CLE Program
      Co-Sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and the
      Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association

      Symposium in Honor of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye
      New York Court of Appeals

      3 hours Areas of Professional Practice Credits-NYS/MCLE

      The State Bar Center, 1 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207
      Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      Reception to follow

      Topics and Speakers

      State Constitutional Issues:
      Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo, Harris Beach PLLC; Assoc. Judge, N.Y. Court of Appeals (Ret.)
      Prof. Vincent Bonventre, Albany Law School
      Henry M. Greenberg, Esq., Greenberg Traurig LLP
      Moderated by Hon. Mae D' Agostino, U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of New York

      Alternative Dispute Resolution:
      Hon. Richard Berman, U.S. District Court Judge, Southern District of New York
      Hon. Randolph Treece, E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy; U.S. Magistrate Judge, N.D.N.Y. (Ret.)
      Stephen P. Younger, Esq., Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
      Moderated by Linda Clark, Esq., Barclay Damon LLP

      Children in the Courts and Juvenile Justice:
      Hon. Howard A. Levine, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP; Assoc. Judge, N.Y. Court of Appeals (Ret.)
      Hon. Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice, N.Y. Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department
      Kathleen DeCataldo, Esq., Executive Director, Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children
      Moderated by Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo, Harris Beach PLLC; Assoc. Judge, N.Y. Court of Appeals (Ret.)

      Program Chair: Marilyn C. Kunstler, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

      For Individuals Outside of Albany,
      The Program will be Available via Webcast. Prior registration required.
      RSVP by June 9, 2017

      Please arrive at the State Bar Building no later than 1:30 pm prior to commencement for security
      and registration purposes. The program will start promptly at 2:00 p.m.

      In honor of Chief Judge Kaye's commitment to the welfare of children, please bring a children's book to
      donate to the Children's Room at Albany Family Court. Books will be for sale at the program.

    • August 10 & 11, 2017: CLE in the City

      New this year, a special set of CLE programs featuring New York lawyers and the expertise of the New York Bar. The programs are organized into 12 tracks focusing on different practice areas. Attendees will include ABA Annual Meeting registrants from around the country and local NY  Metro area lawyers (both members and non-members).

      Click here for more info

  • 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.

    Judicial Diversity Report

    Meet the Officers of the Judicial Section

    View the Council of Judicial Associations Roster

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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.

    Winter 2017

    Fall 2015

    Fall 2014

    Spring 2014

    Fall 2013