Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick Receives Honorary Doctorate from Hunter College

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Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick Receives Honorary Doctorate from Hunter College

International law firm Greenberg Traurig attorney Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick received an honorary doctorate of law degree from Hunter College on January 24 at the 206th Hunter College Winter Commencement ceremony at the Hunter College Assembly Hall. Judge Ciparick graduated from Hunter College in 1963 with a B.A. in political science and minor in history.

“Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, you are among Hunter’s most illustrious graduates, a pioneer for Hispanic women, and one of New York’s most outstanding jurists. The story of your rise to success is a model of how Hunter opens the door for aspiring young people from all backgrounds,” said Jennifer J. Raab, President of Hunter College, during the commencement.

Judge Ciparick addressed the graduating students and recalled memories from her time at Hunter College. “They were furiously laboring for the equality of opportunity and the advancement of women, creating for us here in this wonderful institution an atmosphere in which we could learn and grow. At Hunter, I learned the basics, I acquired skills that carried me not only through college but on through law school and skills that I use in my daily professional life,” said Judge Ciparick. “I suppose some would say that I broke the proverbial glass ceiling, but little did I know when I was a student at Hunter College, a Puerto Rican kid from Washington Heights, that I would become a lawyer, much less a judge, and then to find myself as a Judge of the Court of Appeals, it’s first Hispanic and only its second woman and certainly its first Hunter graduate.”

Judge Ciparick recently joined the Greenberg Traurig Litigation and Appellate practices after spending 19 years as a Senior Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, and 35 years on the bench. In 2003, she received an honorary doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law, where she received her J.D.

Judge Ciparick attended law school at night while working as a junior high school teacher. She began her career as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City where she worked from 1967 to 1969 when she became an Assistant Counsel for the Judicial Conference of the State of New York. She then served as Chief Law Assistant of the Criminal Court of the City of New York from 1974 to 1978 while serving as Counsel in the Office of the New York City Administrative Judge. In 1978, she was appointed Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York, and in 1982 was elected to the New York State Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Court of Appeals in December 1993 by Governor Mario M. Cuomo and re-appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer in November 2007 to serve until her retirement in December 2012.
In 2008, Joel Katz, chair of Greenberg Traurig's Global Media & Entertainment Practice, was presented with an honorary doctorate from Hunter College. Katz founded the Joel A. Katz Scholarship Fund in 2006 which provides aid to students (“Katz Scholars”) who face academic pressure due to financial constraints. He graduated from Hunter College in 1966 with a B.A. in economics.

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