The Honorable Judith S. Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship


The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2020 Honorable Judith Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship, which has been established by 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 a future session of the Commercial Litigation Academy. The goal of the Scholarship is help increase the number of women prepared to serve as first chair in large commercial cases. The Commercial Litigation Academy is sponsored by the NYSBA and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. The “Kaye Scholars” will be announced at the Section’s Annual Meeting on January 19, 2021. This year’s Annual Meeting will be conducted remotely.

Each “Kaye Scholar” will be presented with her award on April 22, 2021 during a program that will take place in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Southern District of New York in conjunction with the presentation of the Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom to female litigators who have had distinguished career in the courtroom in either the Federal or State Courts in New York and who have shown a commitment to mentoring young attorneys.


Female attorneys who have practiced commercial litigation between two and ten years since their admission to the New York State bar, and who remain in good standing.

Scholarship Application Requirements:

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. A letter (no more than two pages) stating why you should be selected as a Kaye Scholar and how receiving this scholarship would benefit your career
  2. A current resume

Payment of Scholarship:

The scholarship will cover the registration fee for each recipient to attend a future session of the Commercial Litigation Academy.


The application and supporting documents must email to [email protected] on or before November 30

  • 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

Attendance Required:

Recipients must attend the event when the scholarships will be awarded.