Judge Judith Kaye

Former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York

Judge Judith Kaye

Judge Judith Kaye served as the first woman judge, and then Chief Judge, of New York State’s highest court. On the Court of Appeals, she not only gained a national reputation for groundbreaking decisions but also instituted reforms across the court system, including specialized domestic violence courts. Since joining the firm of Skadden Arps, her “passion project” focused on adolescents–keeping them in school and out of prison, leading to healthy, constructive lives. Judge Kaye died on January 6, 2016 at the age of 77 years old.

“Having spent more than half a century in the law, I have seen firsthand the progress of our concept and system of justice, particularly in the area of gender bias and gender abuse. May commitment to equal dignity and equal opportunity, and an end to gender violence and exploitation, continue to define our nation and our world.”