For the first time in the history of the New York State Court of Appeals, a woman’s portrait hangs among the 86 paintings of former judges adorning the courtroom.
On Friday, scores gathered at Court of Appeals Hall for the formal unveiling of a portrait of former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye. The first woman to serve on the Court and the only woman to serve as chief judge, Judge Kaye sat on the Court for 25 years beginning in 1983. She served as chief for 16 years, until her retirement in 2008.
Judge Kaye’s portrait, by Manhattan artist Laurel Boeck, cost $25,000 and hangs opposite the bench, next to that of her predecessor, Sol Wachtler, who attended the unveiling. In the background of the portrait are images of Judge Kaye’s late husband, Stephen R. Kaye of Proskauer Rose, their three children and seven grandchildren.
Below, the former chief judge, now of counsel to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, admires the portrait with Albany City Court Judge Rachel L. Kretser, left, and Patricia K. Bucklin, executive director of the New York State Bar Association.