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Judge Quinones given the Judith Kaye Award by the New York State Women’s Bar

June 14, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Hon. Joanne Quinones (center) was given the Hon. Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award by the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York by Joy Thompson (left) and Amy Baldwin Littman (right), president of WBASNY. Photos courtesy of Carrie Anne Cavallo
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Hon. Joanne Quinones was given the Hon. Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award by the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) during its annual convention that was held in Upstate in Cooperstown on June 1.

The award is named after former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, who served as the chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1993 until 2008. The award was established in 2008 and first given out in 2010. It is meant for WBASNY members who demonstrate similar values to the chief judge to ensure equal access to justice for all.

It is a true privilege to have been nominated by my chapter for this award and an even greater privilege to have been selected as this year’s recipient by my sister chapters across the state,” said Judge Quinones, who is a past president of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association.

“Judge Kaye left quite the pair of red heels to fill,” Quinones joked. “Receiving this award in her name is a great honor, but with the honor comes much responsibility as I have so much to do and so much to live up to.”

After Judge Quinones was presented with the award, and a red-shoe pin, she thanked a few people, including Carrie Anne Cavallo, the current president of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA); Joy Thompson and Andrea Composto, two members of BWBA, who are future and past presidents of WBASNY, respectively; and her mentor Hon. Deborah Kaplan, another past president of WBASNY, among many others.

She also discussed what the term “access to justice” means to her.

“It’s about giving people the opportunity to have their voices heard in court; it’s about allowing people to exercise their rights in a court of law without fear of being picked up by federal agents; it’s about encouraging all those involved in our justice system, myself included, to challenge disparities; it’s about mentoring future generations of lawyers and judges and reminding them of our great responsibility in ensuring equal access and equal justice for all,” Quinones said.


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