Currently alive, at 79 years of age.
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1938 – Born in Monticello, New York. Hon. Judith S. Kaye, the Chief Judge of the State of New York.
1958 – Received her B.A. from Barnard University.
1962 – Earned her LL.B. from New York University School of Law and graduated as cum laude.
1963 – Admitted to the New York State Bar.
– Chief Judge Kaye engaged in private practice in New York City until her appointment to the Court of Appeals.
1983 – She became the first woman to serve on New York State’s highest court when Governor Cuomo appointed her Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals on September 12th.
1993 – She was appointed by Governor Mario M. Cuomo on February 22nd, confirmed by the State Senate on March 17, and sworn in on March 23rd.
– She is the first woman to occupy the State Judiciary’s highest office.
2002 – She served as President of the Conference of Chief Justices and Chair of the Board of Directors, National Center for State Courts.
– Her current posts also include Chair of the Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children; Founding Member and Honorary Chair, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA); Member of the Board of Editors, New York State Bar Journal; and Trustee, The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation.