*Judicial Section/Council on Judicial Assns. Lunch

Friday, January 18, 2019
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Mercury Ballroom and Rotunda, 3rd Floor


$75 per person, NYSBA Judicial Section Member
$115 per person, Non-NYSBA Judicial Section Members and Attorneys
(NYSBA $95 general registration fee NOT required)

Reception (Cash Bar)

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Hon. Cheryl E. Chambers
Presiding Member

Fireside Chat
Preet Bharara 
Former U.S. Attorney
Southern District of New York
Preet Bharara will be in conversation with Fordham University School of Law Dean Matthew Diller.


Michael Miller
New York State Bar Association


Hon. Raymond J. Lohier
Recipient of 2019 Distinguished Jurist Award


Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman
Presiding Justice
Second Department 

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Hon. Elizabeth A. Garry 
Presiding Justice
Third Department

Preet Bharara served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. Bharara oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases and supervised an office of over 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handled cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations. The New York Times dubbed Bharara one of “the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors.” In 2017, Bharara joined the NYU School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. He is the Executive Vice President of Some Spider Studios and the host of CAFE’s Stay Tuned with Preet, a podcast focused on issues of justice and fairness. Bharara graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the law review.

The Honorable Raymond Lohier is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in March 2010 and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2010.

Judge Lohier graduated from Harvard College in 1988 and earned his J.D. in 1991 from New York University School of Law. Judge Lohier served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and was associated with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York. Thereafter, Judge Lohier served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he spearheaded employment discrimination-related litigation and worked on other civil rights matters of importance to the federal government. Judge Lohier then was appointed to be an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he served, among other roles, as Senior Counsel to the United States Attorney, Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, and Chief of the Narcotics Unit.

Since 2016, Judge Lohier has chaired the Defender Services Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He is a lifetime director of the New York University School of Law Alumni Association, a member and chair of the Awards committee of the Council of the American Law Institute, and a member of the New York University School of Law Board of Trustees, for which he chairs the Nominating committee. Judge Lohier also teaches as an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law and is a recipient of the New York University Alumni Association’s Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service.

The Honorable Elizabeth A. Garry was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as the 16th Presiding Justice of the Third Department on January 1, 2018. She was elected Supreme Court Justice for the Sixth Judicial District in 2006 and appointed to the Third Department effective March 19, 2009.

Presiding Justice Garry graduated from Alfred University and Albany Law School, with honors. She began her legal career as Confidential Law Clerk to the Honorable Irad S. Ingraham, Justice of the Supreme Court, from 1990 to 1994. Presiding Justice Garry subsequently engaged in private practice with the Joyce Law Firm in Central New York and served on the Planning Board for the Town of New Berlin in Chenango County. She was elected as Town Justice in the Town of New Berlin in 2001 and reelected to a second term in 2005.

Presiding Justice Garry is a past Co-Chair and current Commissioner of the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York Courts. She has served on various boards and professional associations, including the International Association of LGBTQ Judges, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, the NYSBA Special Committee on LGBT People and the Law, Albany Law School’s National Alumni Association Board, the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, the Third Department CLE Committee and the Association of Justices of Supreme Court of New York State. Presiding Justice Garry is also a founding member of the Del-Chen-O Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

The Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman is the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as of January 1, 2018, and a member of the Administrative Board of the New York State Courts. He has served by designation on the New York State Court of Appeals.

From June 2009 through December 2017, he was the Administrative Judge of the Ninth Judicial District and the presiding justice of the Commercial Division, Westchester County. He has also served an Associate Justice of the Appellate Term, Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts.

Justice Scheinkman is the co-chair of the Judicial Task Force on the State Constitution formed by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, as well as a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on the State Constitution. He is a member of the State Bar’s House of Delegates and its Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction. He serves on the Chief Judge’s Advisory Council for the Commercial Division. He is a member of the Pattern Jury Instructions Committee – Civil of the New York State Association of Supreme Court Justices, having formerly served as a Reporter for the Committee for many years.

He obtained his law degree in 1975 from St. John’s University School of Law; from 1975 to 1977, he was law clerk to Hon. Matthew J. Jasen, Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals.

Prior to election to the Bench, he was in private practice, taught law full-time at St. John’s University School of Law, and served as the Westchester County Attorney. He is the co-author, along with the late Professor David D. Siegel, of the New York State Bar Association handbooks on practice in the New York Court of Appeals and in the Appellate Divisions. He is the author of a two-volume treatise on New York domestic relations law and is the practice commentator for McKinney’s Domestic Relations Law. He has participated as a speaker and panelist at numerous judicial and bar association programs. He has also taught at Pace University School of Law, and at Rutgers University-Newark School of Law. He presently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of Pace University School of Law.