A look at what's happened recently and what's ahead for the Society ...

CLE PROGRAMS / What's Ahead
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The New York Asian American Bar: Lifting the Veil

Asian-Americans and the Law: New York Pioneers in the Judiciary

A conversation with the first free Asian-American judges in New York, Judges Randall Eng, Peter Tom, and Dorothy Chin-Brandt -- moderated by Judge Denny Chin. The conversation will be preceded by a presentation on Asian-American legal history.

Monday, December 15, 2014 / The New York City Bar

CLE PROGRAMS / What We've Done in the past year
Past Programs 2003-2013

Solicitors General and the Supreme Court: The New York Influence

Illustrious Alumni, At Albany Law School
Created in partnership with the Dean of Albany Law School, Penny Andrews.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Albany Law School

Solicitors General and the Supreme Court: The New York Influence

Dreiser's "An American Tragedy:" The Law & The Arts
With Susan N. Herman, Centennial Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School &
Francesca Zambello, General & Artistic Director of the Glimmerglass Festival

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 / The New York City Bar

Our Partnership with the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society

Solicitors General and the Supreme Court: The New York Influence

Learned in the Law: Role of the US Solicitor General...a New York Point of View
With Justice Elena Kagan, Jeffrey P. Minear, Counsel to the US Chief Justice and Professor John Q. Barrett, St. John's University School of Law

October 25, 2013 / The New York City Bar


David A. Garfinkel Essay Contest

We have been working with educators across the State since 2008 to reach students in the SUNY and CUNY community college network and connect with them on legal issues, our court system, and themes of justice through this essay contest. Recently, Court of Appeals Judge Jenny Rivera spoke with students at Queensborough Community College and was a great success as a role model.

On April 30, 2014 the Contest winners will be invited to the Court of Appeals to receive their prizes on Law Day. The students will be recognized in front of the assembled members of the bench & bar in the Court of Appeals beautiful Richardson Courtroom.

Bard High School Early College Grants

This spring saw the implementation of Grant III in our relationship with Bard High School Early College, this time supporting the work teachers at their Long Island City campus. This grant supported the development of several units built around judicial opinions that illuminated important aspects of legal history. One, targeted at 9th Grade students, examined issues of slavery through the landmark NY case Lemmon v People. Two others, developed for 10th Grade history, look at important issues of free speech. Using the lenses of People v Croswell & People v American Socialist Society, these units asks students to examine important issues and place them in the conext of the eras in which they took place.

These curricula were first used this spring with excellent feedback and will be further improved to incorporate this real world feedback. The Trustees of the Society were given the opportunity to sit in on several class sessions.


Judicial Notice, Issue 10, Summer 2014

Judicial Notice

The Society annually publishes Judicial Notice a journal of articles of historical scholarship that uniquely focuses on New York legal history. Our next edition, Issue 10, will feature articles on:

Gitlow v New York by Daniel Kornstein
The 1850s New York & New Haven Railroad Stock Fraud Cases by John D. Gordan, III
The Legal Career of William Seward by Walter Stahr
Hon. Theodore T. Jones, Jr. by Janice Taylor & Cliff Branch

Latest Book & Calendar

Publications / Our Books

Opening Statements: Law, Jurisprudence, and the Legacy of Dutch New York edited by Julia and Albert M. Roseblatt, a collection of essays exploring how the Dutch influenced jurisprudence

The Society's Latest Calendar 2014: Due Process of Law

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