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.
Moderator: Hon. Judith Kaye (Ret.), former Chief Judge of the State of New York; Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Speakers: 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
Sponsored by: Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights, Jordan Backman, Chair
Co-Sponsored by: The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York