Court of Appeals to Celebrate Law Day with distinguished speakers and service awards

Law Day speakers include: Chief Judge Rowan Wilson, Attorney General Letitia James, and NYSBA President Sherry Levin Wallach

May 1, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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On Monday, May 1, the New York State Court of Appeals will host Law Day, an annual event celebrating the rule of law in the United States.

This year’s theme, “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility and Collaboration,” will be highlighted through speeches by Chief Judge Rowan Wilson, New York State Attorney General Letitia James, and New York State Bar Association President Sherry Levin Wallach.

The event will also honor the recipients of the court system’s 2023 Judith S. Kaye Service Awards, which recognize exemplary work performance or heroism. This year’s awardees include non-judicial employees from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Acting Chief Administrative Judge Tamiko Amaker will present the awards during the ceremony. More information about the award recipients is available upon request.

Judith Kaye was the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, from 1993 to 2008. She was the first woman to hold this position and became the longest-serving Chief Judge in the court’s history. Known for her trailblazing career, innovative reforms, and advocacy for children and families, Kaye was highly respected in the legal community.

Law Day 2023 will take place at 11:00 a.m. on May 1st at the Court of Appeals Hall, located at 20 Eagle Street in Albany, New York. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed on the New York State Court of Appeals website at

Law Day is a national day of observance in the United States, celebrated annually on May 1st. It was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 as a way to recognize and appreciate the role of law in the foundation of the country and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal system among the American people.

The day is meant to promote public awareness of the principles of government, the importance of the rule of law, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

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