New York Appellate Division Justice Samuel L. Green, who rode a segregated train from Alabama to the legal history books, heard his last cases Wednesday in a Fourth Department courtroom packed with admirers.

Green, who will retire at the end of the year, has run out of time on the bench. He served until the mandatory retirement age of 70 and then was certificated to remain on the bench for six more years. But further extensions are not allowed.

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