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Portrait Unveiling for Hon. Deborah A. Batts

Portrait Unveiling for Hon. Deborah A. Batts
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 | Program 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Reception 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Format: In-Person

Program Fee: 
There is no fee to attend this program. Registration is required.

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Judge Deborah A. Batts (1947-2020) was the first openly LGBT federal judge in the United States. Appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.) in 1994, Judge Batts served for 25 years and presided over numerous high-profile cases. Judge Batts was Fordham Law School's first Black faculty member, and she oversaw the S.D.N.Y.'s "Reentry through Intensive Supervision and Employment" (RISE) Court to enhance opportunities for people with conviction records to reestablish their lives.

The New York City Bar Association, through its LGBTQ Rights and Women in the Legal Profession Committees, commissioned a portrait of Judge Batts by artist Jade Yasmeen, to be displayed in the City Bar’s landmarked building at 42 West 44th Street as part of the City Bar's “Women on the Walls” initiative. The initiative honors female members of the legal profession with strong ties to the New York City legal community, with the goal of achieving gender representation on the walls of the City Bar’s building.

The program will feature remarks by:
Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Hon. Alison J. Nathan, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Hon. Laura Taylor Swain, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Susan J. Kohlmann, President, New York City Bar Association

Sponsoring Committees:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights, Jared M. Trujillo & Hayley Gorenberg, Co-Chairs
Women in the Legal Profession, Linda A. Rosenthal, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organization:
Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, Tanya Martinez-Gallinucci, Executive Director

Thank you to our Portrait and Event Sponsors for their generosity.

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   Joshua L. Simmons

Rachel B. Tiven & Hon. Seth M. Marnin

New York City Bar Association 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

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