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Who Are We to Judge? LGBT Diversity in the New York Judiciary
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When: 5/21/2014
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th St.
New York, New York  10036
United States
Contact: Gabrielle Brown

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Until President Barack Obama assumed the presidency in 2009, exactly one of the over 800 federal judges in the United States was openly gay. Since that time, this number has grown exponentially, but underrepresentation of LGBT individuals in both the state and federal judiciary remains a challenge.

The LGBT Rights Committee of the City Bar will host a panel discussion on LGBT diversity among New York judges. Moderated by the Hon. Judith Kaye, former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, the panel will explore the unique challenges LGBT individuals face on their way to, and while serving on, the bench. The panel will feature a wide array of perspectives, including federal judges who have endured the Senate confirmation process, state court judges who have run for elected office, and appellate-level judges who have been appointed by Governors Paterson and Cuomo. Ultimately, the panel will engage in a candid discussion of what it means to be an out LGBT judge, and how that privilege - or burden - has evolved over the years.



Hon. Michael Sonberg Supreme Court Justice, New York County

Hon. Rosalyn Richter Supreme Court Justice, Appellate Division, First Department

Hon. Paul Feinman Supreme Court Justice, Appellate Division, First Department

Hon. Pamela K. Chen US District Court Judge, Eastern District of New York

Hon. W. Franc Perry New York City Civil Court Judge



Hon. Judith Kaye (Ret.) former Chief Judge of the State of New York; Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom