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.
Membership in the Judicial Section is open to a registered NYSBA member who is or has been a judge or justice of any court of the State of New York, or who resides in New York State and is or has been a judge or justice of a United States Court.
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To learn more about this Section, please contact Kirsten Downer
Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.
Hon. Gregory R. Gilbert, J.S.C.
Hon. Gregory R. Gilbert, J.S.C. has been elected to serve as Presiding Member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Judicial Section for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2023.
The slate of officers includes: Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, Appellate Division, First Department, Assistant Presiding Member; Hon. Brian D. Burns, Supreme Court, Otsego County, Secretary; Hon. Karen M. C. Cortes, Family Court, Bronx County, Treasurer; and Hon. Joanne D. Quiñones, Supreme Court, Kings County, Immediate Past Presiding Member and Communications Officer.
Justice Gilbert graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Siena College, magna cum laude, in 1988. He graduated from Albany Law School of Union University with a juris doctorate in 1991.
Justice Gilbert joined the Oswego, N.Y. Law Firm of Amdursky, Pelky, Fennell & Wallen, P.C. in August, 1991 and was named partner in 1998. He was admitted to the N.Y.S. Bar by the Appellate Division, Fourth Department in January 1992 and to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York that same year.
Justice Gilbert was elected to the N.Y.S. Supreme Court in November 2016. He served as a designated Supreme Court Justice in Onondaga County from 2017 through 2019 and currently serves in his home county of Oswego. Justice Gilbert has served as Acting Administrative Judge for the Fifth Judicial District under Administrative Judge James P. Murphy since January 1, 2020 and is the Fifth Judicial District Coordinating Judge for Foreclosures.
Justice Gilbert has been a long-standing member of both the New York State Bar and Oswego County Bar Associations. He is also past President of the Oswego County Bar Association. Justice Gilbert was a contributing author to the NYSBA publication Workers’ Compensation Law and Practice in New York (2011).
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Advancement of Judicial Diversity
The NYSBA Advancement of Judicial Diversity Award serves to recognize individuals for their efforts to promote diversity on the bench throughout New York State. Recipients will embody the New York State Bar Association’s commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the judiciary.
2023 recipients: Hon. Erika M. Edwards; Hon. Sallie Manzanet-Daniels; and Hon. Lillian Wan
2022 recipient: Hon. Kathie E. Davidson
2021 recipient: Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission (awarded to its co-chairs, Hon. Shirley Troutman and Hon. Troy K. Webber on the occasion of its 30th Anniversary)
2020 recipient: Hon. Rosalyn H. Richter
2019 recipient: None
2018 recipient: Hon. George Silver
2017 recipient: Hon. William C. Thompson (ret)
2016 recipient: Hon. Edwina Richardson Mendelson
2015 recipient: Hon. Karen K. Peters
Distinguished Jurist Award
To honor a jurist who embodies the highest ideals of the Judicial Section and recognize judicial excellence and extraordinary commitment to the rule of law.
2023 recipient: Hon. Hector D. LaSalle
2022 recipient: Hon. Robert G. Main, Jr.
2021 recipient: Hon. Rolando T. Acosta
2020 recipient: Chief Judge Janet M. DiFiore
2019 recipient: Hon. Raymond Lohier, Jr.
2018 recipient: Hon. Paul Feinman
2017 recipient: Hon. Lawrence K. Marks
2016 recipient: none
2015 recipient: Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin
2014 recipient: Hon. Judith S. Kaye
Lifetime Achievement Recognition:
2018 recipients: Hon. Karen Peters; Hon. Randall Eng
2017 recipient: Hon. Milton Mollen
Merit Award Honorees:
2019 recipients: Hon. Elizabeth Garry; Hon. Alan Scheinkman
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.
Just for Members
As an exclusive benefit for each and every member of the Judicial Section, NYSBA’s CLE Department offers six free On Demand credits on an annual basis. Choosing from NYSBA CLE’s On Demand 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-programs/.
JUDICIAL SECTION ONLINE COMMUNITY
The Judicial Section now offers a private online professional community—for Judicial Section members only! Connect with fellow members on the Judicial Section Community, featuring wide-ranging legal discussion topics, document library, and searchable member directory.
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ADDITIONAL MEMBER BENEFITS
- 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.
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Resources for Local and County Bar Associations
The Task Force on the Evaluation of Candidates for Election to Judicial Office was appointed in 2018 to review the existing methods of vetting judicial candidates and propose best practices, guidelines and minimum standards for review of candidates. The report and recommendations of the Task Force were adopted at the April 13, 2019 meeting of the NYSBA House of Delegates in Albany.
The Task Force, chaired by Robert L. Haig and Hon. Susan Phillips Read, found that systems utilized by bar associations vary from county to county, and it concluded that a one-size-fits-all approach for screening would not work for New York State. Where existing reviews are effective, the Task Force urged their continuation; in particular, the Task Force noted that existing systems in place in New York City, on Long Island, and several upstate urban counties – which comprise over three-quarters of the state’s population – are currently well served. For those counties not currently served by existing screening entities, the Task Force recommended the establishment of regional or district screening committees.
The Task Force developed a set of best practices to guide local bar and regional screening committees, addressing composition of the committees; use of questionnaires and the conduct of investigations; evaluation criteria; and rating and appeals processes. Several useful resources are linked below.
Thomas Richards, Esq.
Director of Public Interest and Deputy General Counsel
Judicial Ethics Opinions
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