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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.

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Barbara Kapnick

Hon. Barbara Kapnick

Hon. Barbara Kapnick is the 2020-21 Presiding Member of the Judicial Section.

Justice Barbara R. Kapnick sits as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department. She is a member of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, promoting racial and ethnic fairness in the courts, and a member of OCA’s Commercial Division Advisory Council. She was also a member of the Court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics from June 2008-2018, and now serves on its Ethics Faculty.

Justice Kapnick is a long-time member of the New York City Bar Association, where she has served on many of its committees, and is a Master of the New York American Inn of Court. She is a past president of the Jewish Lawyers Guild, a member of the New York Women’s Bar Association and sits on the Board of the New York State Association of Women Judges. In addition, Justice Kapnick is active in the Supreme Court Justices Associations in New York, having served as President of the Citywide Association from 2013-2014, and currently serves as Second VP of the Statewide Association.

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Judicial Dispatch - Summer 2020

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Judicial Section Committee


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.

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.

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

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