The Kaye Room

Judge Judith S. Kaye

In memory of Judge Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals

Judge Judith S. Kaye was a familiar, regular and welcome presence in our 44th Street building before, during and after her service as Chief Judge – having effectively started her legal career within the halls of the City Bar as Assistant to then President Russell Niles. She volunteered to serve on numerous committees, including our Executive Committee, before she became a judge, always supporting the City Bar’s mission to improve justice, reform the law and advance ethics in the profession. In September 2001, when she was Chief Judge, she was here on 44th Street, walking the line and offering support as lawyers waited to volunteer to serve 9/11 victims and survivors. The City Bar awarded her Honorary Membership in 1995 and the Association Medal in 2008, both meant to recognize those who have made exceptional contributions to the honor and standing of the bar and the advancement of justice in the community. We are grateful for her accomplishments that will continue to bear fruit, in particular her leadership in reforming our court system and her creativity in finding new approaches so that New York’s justice system could be more accessible to the countless New Yorkers who rely on it.

Room Dedication

In September 2017, the City Bar officially dedicated the “Kaye Room” in Judge Kaye’s memory. This dedication marks the first of the City Bar’s rooms to be named after a woman, fitting because she was the first woman to serve as Chief Judge and the longest-serving chief judge in New York history.


Thank you to the generosity of Judge Kaye’s children (Luisa Kaye Hagemeier, Gordon B. and Anna Kaye, and Jonathan and Nielufar Kaye), who supported the renovation and naming of this room at the New York City Bar Association in recognition of Chief Judge Judith Kaye, as well as the leadership of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Proskauer Rose LLP, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and the following individuals and organizations:

Helaine Barnett

John Q. Barrett and Sarah E. Walzer

Robert Batterman

Julie Bédard

Bialkin Family Foundation

Peg Breen

Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (ret.)

Nancy and Michael Cardozo

Eric L. Cochran

Michael A. Cooper

Carey R. Dunne and Kate Manning

Klaus Eppler

Bruce E. Fader

Allen Fagin

John D. Feerick

Rosemarie Fitzpatrick

Blaine Fogg

William P. Frank

Helen and Henry Freedman

Howard L. Ganz

John L. Gardiner

Barry H. Garfinkel

David Goldblatt and Minna Schrag

John H. Gross

Christopher J. Gunther

Patricia M. Hynes

Alan S. Jaffe

Roberta A. Kaplan

Jay and Karen Kasner

Robert M. Kaufman

Steven M. Kayman

Larry H. Krantz

Douglas M. Kraus

Lea Haber Kuck

Hon. Howard A. Levine

Johnathan Lippman

Gregory A. Litt

Robert Mandelbaum

Alexandra J. McCormack

Kathleen M. McKenna

E. Leo Milonas

Jeffrey A. Mishkin

Scott D. Musoff

Timothy G. Nelson

Bernie Nussbaum

Steven E. Obus

Barbara Berger Opotowsky

Marc R. Packer

Bret and Hon. Katharine Parker

Betsy and Ken Plevan

Susan Butler Plum

Ronald S. Rauchberg

Hon. Susan Phillips Read

Barbara Paul Robinson

Albert M. Rosenblatt

Bradley I. Ruskin

Marco Schnabl

Samuel W. Seymour and Karen Patton Seymour

Robert C. Sheehan

Jennifer Smith

Robert S. Smith

Linda and Henry Wasserstein Foundation

Women in the Legal Profession Committee

Elise A. Yablonski

Stephen P. Younger

Jerold Zieselman