Presiding Justice Elizabeth Garry To Be Honored For Public Service by The New York State Bar Association

By Rebecca Melnitsky

May 10, 2024

Presiding Justice Elizabeth Garry To Be Honored For Public Service by The New York State Bar Association

5.10.2024

By Rebecca Melnitsky

Presiding Justice Elizabeth A. Garry is set to receive the Robert L. Haig Award from the New York State Bar Association. The award, which is given out by the association’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, will be presented to her on Saturday, May 18, during a cocktail reception and gala dinner.

Justice Garry is the presiding justice of the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, Third Department.

“Justice Garry has a long and distinguished career serving the people of the state of New York,” said Richard Lewis, president of the New York State Bar Association. “She is respectful and fair, beloved by all and recognized as a visionary leader. We are proud to honor her record of public service with this prestigious award.”

A graduate of Alfred University and Albany Law School, Justice Garry began her legal career in 1990 as a law clerk to Justice Irad S. Ingraham. She served as the New Berlin town justice from 2002 to 2006. She was appointed to the Third Department in 2009 and became its 16th presiding justice in 2018.

Justice Garry is a past co-chair and current commissioner of the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York Courts. She is a founding member of the Del-Chen-O Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and a member of the Board of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges. She served as a regional delegate and treasurer of the Association of Justices of Supreme Court of New York and became a trustee of Albany Law School in 2022.

The award is named after Robert L. Haig, esteemed past chair of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, and is presented to a long-standing member of the legal profession who has rendered distinguished public service.

The Haig Award presentation will be the highlight of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section’s Spring Meeting, which will be held at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs from May 17 to 19.

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