Communications Office:
David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
(212) 428-2500

Date: September 24, 2002

Seal of the Unified Court System
New Historical Society for the Courts Unveiled
NEW YORK - Chief Judge Kaye announced today the formation of the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York, a permanent entity dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich past of the New York State Courts. Court of Appeals Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt will head the Society's Board of Trustees.

Chief Judge Kaye stated: "Much of the history of the New York State courts lies buried in the memories of hundreds of judges and lawyers, as well as in storerooms and attics across the country. With the formation of the Historical Society we put in place a vehicle to collect and preserve the wonderful history of the New York courts for future generations. I am truly delighted that Judge Rosenblatt has agreed to lead this effort. His love of history and knowledge of the courts make him the perfect person for this task."

The Society will accomplish its mission through the following activities:

  • publishing a scholarly journal and periodic newsletters;
  • conducting oral histories of judges and lawyers;
  • supporting historical research on the New York State courts
  • collecting photographs, papers, and other materials related to the courts' history;
  • sponsoring lectures;
  • displaying exhibits at courthouses;
  • creating outreach lessons for school groups; and
  • holding an annual dinner.
The Society's Web Site,, will house electronic archives documenting the Empire State's ground-breaking jurisprudential heritage, with photographs and digitally reproduced documents covering illustrious trials, prominent jurists, and courthouses of landmark interest. It will also serve as a clearinghouse for the latest and best scholarly research and writing on the New York courts.

Judge Rosenblatt stated: "We have a terrific history we want to share. But it first must be captured and preserved. This is a time-consuming task, but for those of us who cherish the courts it is a labor of love.   The Historical Society will create an enduring testament to the contributions that the New York State courts have made to our State and Nation. I am honored to have this opportunity."

As a not-for-profit entity, the Historical Society will depend for financial support on annual membership dues, gifts and grants. Persons interested in becoming members of the Society are encouraged to contact Ms. Joann Dean, at (914) 682-3222.

The Society's Officers and Trustees are:
Albert M. Rosenblatt, President
Richard J. Bartlett, Vice-President
E.Frances Murray, Secretary
Stephen P. Younger, Treasurer
Judith S. Kaye
Barbara A. Brinkley
Stuart M. Cohen
Norman Goodman
John D. Gordan III
Henry M. Greenberg
Andrew L. Kaufman
Steven C. Krane
Jonathan Lippman
E. Leo Milonas
M. Catherine Richardson
Leon Silverman
Christine W. Ward