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Judge Judith Kaye to Deliver Anderson Lecture, "Delivering Justice Today," April 15


Judith S. Kaye, the chief judge of the State of New York, will deliver the 2002-03 Anderson Lecture on "Delivering Justice Today," April 15, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 127. The talk is free and open to the public.

Judith S. Kaye was appointed New York's chief judge in 1993 by Governor Mario M. Cuomo and is the first woman to occupy that post. She was also the first woman to serve on the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, which she joined in 1983.

As New York's top judicial officer, Kaye has two titles and two sets of responsibilities. As chief judge of the Court of Appeals, she presides over New York's seven-member court of last resort. Sitting in Albany, roughly two weeks out of every five, the Court of Appeals each year typically issues more than 200 decisions.

In her role as chief judge of the State of New York, Judge Kaye is the head of the New York State Unified Court System, with more than 1,200 judges in 363 courthouses across New York State. In this capacity, she has made far-ranging contributions to the field of judicial administration, including reform of New York's jury system.

Judge Kaye is the author of numerous publications, particularly articles dealing with legal process, state constitutional law, women in law, professional ethics, and problem-solving. She is the recipient of various awards, including the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession's Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the National Center for State Courts' William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, and New York University Law School's Vanderbilt Medal.