The New York County Lawyers Association’s fundraising arm, the NYCLA Foundation, is hosting a musical comedy show April 24 to honor the life and career of Betty Weinberg Ellerin, the first female justice of the Appellate Division, First Department.
The “Book of Betty” will feature performances by Appellate Division, First Department, Justice Barbara Kapnick; NYCLA president Barbara Moses; past president Stewart Aaron; NYCLA Foundation president Lewis Tesser and several other NYCLA members. Peter Dizozza, a lawyer and composer, will play the piano.
The show is “a series of skits that portray different parts of Judge Ellerin’s career from in her 20s, when she decides to go to law school, until now,” said Martha Cohen Stine, a matrimonial and family lawyer who helped put together the program. Performers will play the parts of Ellerin’s first boss, who in 1952 proudly calls himself “enlightened” for bringing in a female lawyer for an interview, as well as colleagues and fellow judges. Ellerin is now senior counsel to Alston & Bird.
Funds raised will support foundation initiatives, such as providing stipends for minority law students interning for state and federal courts, NYCLA’s access-to-justice programs; and legal education programs for public high school students.