New York, NY (May 13, 2010)—Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, will address the graduates at New York Law School’s 118th Commencement on Friday, May 14, 2010, at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, at 3 p.m. Judge Lippman will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
The School will graduate 560 students: 525 candidates for the Juris Doctor (J.D.), 33 candidates for the Master of Laws (LL.M.), and two candidates for the Master of Arts in Mental Disability Law Studies.
About the Commencement
Jonathan Lippman is the Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. He was appointed Chief Judge by Governor David A. Paterson in January 2009 and confirmed by the New York State Senate in February 2009. As Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, he presides over the State’s seven-member Court of last resort and heads the State’s Unified Court System, overseeing a court system with a $2.7 billion budget, 3,600 state and locally paid judges, and over 16,000 non-judicial employees in over 350 locations around the State.
In May 2007, Governor Eliot Spitzer appointed him to serve as the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Department, which has jurisdiction over appeals in New York and Bronx Counties. In that capacity, he also served on the Administrative Board of the Courts, the policy and rule making body of the New York State courts.
Chief Judge Lippman is currently a member of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), and is the former President of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), which consists of court leaders representing all 50 states and United States territories and is dedicated to the improvement of state court systems nationwide. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Board of the National Center for State Courts. He was formerly Chair of the New York State Court Facilities Capital Review Board, and served on the New York State Probation Commission.
Chief Judge Lippman lectures frequently in New York and around the country, has published many articles and essays, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Stanley H. Fuld Award; Honorary Juris Doctor Degree from Albany Law School; President’s Special Award, New York Women’s Bar Association; NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Vincent E. Doyle Jr. Award for Outstanding Jurist; 2008 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence of the National Center for State Courts; Cyrus R. Vance Tribute of the Fund for Modern Courts; Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone Memorial Award of the Association of Trial Lawyers of the City of New York; Cervantes Society Hispanic Heritage Recognition Award; and Alphonso B. Deal Award of the Tribune Society.
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its nine academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and enrolls some 1,500 students in its full- and part-time J.D. program and its four advanced degree programs in financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. www.nyls.edu
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