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New York Law Journal Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Special Issue and Dinner Honoring Lifetime Achievers in New York’s Legal Community

New York Law Journal Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Special Issue and Dinner Honoring Lifetime Achievers in New York’s Legal Community

New York – October 30, 2013 – ALM’s New York Law Journal, which has been the newspaper of record for the New York legal community since 1888, celebrated its 125th anniversary of publication today with a special commemorative issue.

The issue features a walk through the Law Journal’s transformation over the past century and honors those who helped shape it, a timeline of key developments in the legal profession since 1888, a report on the evolution of the state courts and the rise of women and minorities in the court system, an insider’s view of the reconstruction of the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, and experts’ opinions on the business of law today.

The section also traces the history of the state’s oldest law firms, provides snapshots of New York’s 15 law schools, and acknowledges the faithful contributors to the newspaper’s opinion pages over the years.

“For 125 years, we have been privileged to serve the most vital and dynamic legal community in the nation,” said Kris Fischer, editor in chief of the New York Law Journal. “In addition to the commemorative issue, we’ll also be hosting a special dinner on November 4th, where we will celebrate the rich history of the newspaper and the readers it serves.”

The 125th Anniversary Dinner will be held on Monday, November 4th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers (23rd Street & West Side Highway). For more information about the dinner event, please email [email protected] or call 757.721.9020.

The dinner program will include awards to the Law Journal’s lifetime achievers, a group of judges and lawyers who have devoted their careers to challenging and shaping the legal community in New York. The 16 winners of this special Lifetime Achievement Award are:

Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Helaine Barnett, Chair, Chief Judge’s Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services
Richard Bartlett, Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes (retired)
Sheila Birnbaum, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
H. Rodgin Cohen, Sullivan & Cromwell
Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, Greenberg Traurig
Mario Cuomo, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Betty Weinberg Ellerin, Alston & Bird
John Feerick, Fordham University School of Law
Robert Fiske, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Samuel Green, Appellate Division, Fourth Department (retired)
Judith Kaye, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Milton Mollen, Herrick, Feinstein
Robert Morgenthau, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
George Bundy Smith, JAMS
Jack Weinstein, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

The Law Journal will also present its “Impact Award” to honor individuals, groups or projects that have had significant and lasting impact on the legal community. The following winners of the 2013 Impact Award will be honored at the 125th Anniversary Dinner on Nov. 4:

Bronx Defenders
Michael Cardozo, Corporation Counsel of the City of New York
The Community Development Program, Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A, and its founder Paul Acinapura
E-filing pioneers in Federal and State courts
Patricia Hynes, Allen & Overy
The Innocence Project
Brad Karp, chair, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Robert Katzmann, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Edwina Richardson Mendelson, administrative judge for Family Court, New York City
The Skadden Fellowship Foundation and its executive director Susan Butler Plum

For more information about today’s special commemorative issue of the Law Journal or the 125th Anniversary Dinner, please go


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