Judith S. Kaye ’58

The Honorable Judith S. Kaye ’58 joined the law firm Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom as Of Counsel in 2009 and focused her practice on appellate litigation and arbitration. She was the first woman appointed to the Court of Appeals of the State of New York, and the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the State of New York. A New York University Law School cum laude graduate, her tenure as chief justice was known for her efforts to reform many aspects of the judiciary process, particularly those concerning children and families.  She received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including in 1997 the Edith I. Spivack Award from the New York County Lawyers' Association's Women's Rights Committee, named for Barnard graduate Edith I. Spivack. She also received the New York City Bar Association’s Association Medal. She authored articles focused on the legal process, state constitutional law, women in law, professional ethics, and problem-solving courts. She served on the Barnard Board of Trustees from 1995-2002, and again from 2008-2009, and was an active trustee emerita. In 1987, she received the College’s highest honor, the Barnard Medal of Distinction. She passed away in January of 2016.