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Amici Podcast

The "Amici" podcast series was created to share information and insight from New York's judges and the Unified Court System with constituents, stakeholders and anyone else who might have an interest in these topics.

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Pioneering Women Judges: Hon. Karen P. Peters

The Gender Fairness Committee of the Third Judicial District has completed oral history interviews with many of the true pioneering women judges in the region. Judge Peters, the first Supreme Court justice, the first Appellate Division justice, the first Presiding Justice, certainly fits the definition of "pioneer."


23 Apr 2021

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Pioneering Women Judges: Hon Rachel Kretser

The Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee has conducted oral history interviews with some of the pioneering women judges in the region. This podcast features the Hon. Rachel Kretser, Albany City Court Judge (ret.)


23 Apr 2021

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Women in the Courts: An Historic Perspective by an Historic Judge--The Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin

Retired Judge Betty Weinberg Ellerin, 91, discusses the progress women have achieved in the judiciary and the courts during her decades of service, as well as the challenges that remain.Video: https://youtu.be/CNcziTflTe0


22 Mar 2021

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Diversity Dialogues: Rosemary Garland Scott

In today's diversity dialogue segment, we're proud to feature Rosemary Garland-Scott, an attorney and native of the Bahamas who wears three hats in overseeing ethics standards in the New York Courts.


19 Mar 2021

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Diversity Dialogues; Omar Cumberbatch

Omar Cumberbatch, health coach, reformed sugar addict, radio talk show host and deputy district executive for the 9th Judicial District, discusses his roots as the child of a Jamaican mom and a dad from Barbados, and reveals how he built a great career in the NYS Courts.


25 Feb 2021

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Rediscovering Mendez v. Westminster School District

We're all aware of Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous 1954 Supreme Court decision that legally anyhow sent Jim Crow in separate but equal to the historical dystopian. But years earlier, in 1947, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion that helped blaze the trail to Brown. In Mendez v. Westminster, the court shielded children of Mexican ancestry from public school segregation in California. On April 14th, the 74th anniversary of a decision and the 20th anniversary of a documentary that lifted the Mendez case from the footnotes to the text of history, the Latino Judges Association is sponsoring a Continuing Legal Education program. That program is co-sponsored by Latino Justice PRLDEF, the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, CUNY Law School Center for Latinx Rights and Equality, the Historical Society of the New York State Courts and the New York State Judicial Institute. The Judicial Institute is also providing technical support.


8 Feb 2021

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The Life of Malcolm X: An Interview with Tamara Payne

The Latino Judges Association and The Judicial Friends are jointly sponsoring a virtual Black History Month Literary Program Feb. 10 featuring "The Dead Are Arising" by Les Payne and Tamara Payne.Ms. Payne will be interviewed by CBS anchor Maurice DuBois via Zoom. This Amici podcast interview with Ms. Payne is a sneak preview. To register for the Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m. program, RSVP to Justice Sallie Manzanet-Daniels at smanzane@nycourts.gov


2 Feb 2021

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Diversity Dialogue: Sheila Sproule

In this Diversity Dialogue interview, Sheila Sproule Executive Director of the ADR Inclusion Network Steering Committee, discusses efforts to diversify alternative dispute resolution. Sheila is a management analyst with the NYS Court system's Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution.


26 Jan 2021

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Farewell to the Hon. Juanita Bing Newton

Since April 2009, the Honorable Juanita Bing Newton has served as Dean of the New York State Judicial Institute, the capstone of a career as an attorney, a trial judge, and an administrative judge. On the occasion of her retirement, Judge Bing Newton sat with Amici to discuss her life and career to date, and the past, present and future of judicial education.


24 Dec 2020

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Diversity Dialogues: The Court System's Inspectors General

Sherrill Spatz, Inspector General for the NY Courts, and Kay-Ann Porter Campbell, Managing Inspector General for Bias Matters, discuss the office and its role in battling discrimination and bias in the courts


15 Dec 2020

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