Thursday, February 27, 2014


Touro Law Center and Suffolk County Historical Society 
in cooperation with the

Suffolk County Judicial Women in the Courts Committee 
Women in the Law:
Historic Firsts in New York State and
Suffolk County

Suffolk County Historical Society (SCHS), through the cooperation of the Suffolk County Court Administrative Judge Randall Hinrichs, is pleased to announce that SCHS will be celebrating women from New York State who have left an indelible mark on the court system.  
A Photography Portrait Exhibition will be displayed at Touro Law Center in honor of Women’s History Month. This exhibition was created by the Suffolk County Judicial Women in the Courts and the Suffolk County Historical Society. 
 An opening reception will be held at Touro Law Center
Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM
225 Eastview Dr., Central Islip, NY
Honorees represented with images and biographies include:
·     Hon. Judith Kaye – First Woman appointed to the N.Y.S Court of Appeals; First Woman chief Judge of the N.Y.S Court of Appeals
·     Hon. Gail Prudenti – First Woman Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, 2nd Department *
·     Hon. Birdie Amsterdam – First Woman elected to N.Y.S. Supreme Court
·     Hon. Jane M. Bolin – First African-American Woman Judge in both N.Y.S. and the United States
·     Sonia Sotomayor – First Latina Supreme Court Justice in the United States 
·     Kate Stoneman, Esq. – First Woman to pass the N.Y.S. Bar
·     Charlotte Smallwood, Esq. – First Woman District Attorney elected in N.Y.S.
·     Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsberg –  First N.Y.S. Woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court
·     Hon. Syrena Stackpole – First N.Y.S. Woman elected to public office*
·     Judith Lewis Meggesto, Esq. – First female Native-American attorney in N.Y.S.

Suffolk County Firsts*
·     Hon. Catherine T. England – First female president of the Suffolk County Bar Association; First female justice to sit in Suffolk County Supreme Court; First  female judge to sit in Suffolk County Family Court.*
·     Hon. Anne Mead – First female District Court judge in Suffolk County.*
·     Hon. Mary M. Werner – First female District Administrative Judge in Suffolk County.*
·     Valerie S. Manzo, Esq. – Co-founder and first president of Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association.*
·     Rita Adler, Esq. – First female Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County *
·     Christine Malafi, Esq. – First female Suffolk County Attorney *
·     Marguerite A. Smith, Esq. – First female Native-American attorney in Suffolk County (Shinnecock Nation.) *
·     Patricia E. Salkin, Esq. – First female law school Dean in Suffolk County *

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