(PRWEB) May 01, 2013
Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, an attorney with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, was presented with the Staten Island Legal Services’ first annual “Vito J. Titone” Award for Legal Excellence. The award, presented by former Governor Mario Cuomo, was named for the Honorable Judge Vito J. Titone who retired from the New York Court of Appeals and passed away in 2005. Both Judge Ciparick and Judge Titone were originally appointed to their respective courts by Cuomo during his term as Governor.
Proceeds from the Staten Island Legal Services luncheon helped raise funds for the group’s Hurricane Sandy legal support services. The awards ceremony was held on April 19 at the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn.
Judge Ciparick was also honored at the “Honoring Lady Justice” annual gala hosted by The Historical Society of the New York Courts. Also honored was former Chief Judge Judith Kaye and Judges Victoria Graffeo, Susan Phillips Read and Jenny Rivera. The gala was on April 18 at the New York Public Library.
Judge Ciparick has a long history of serving the people of New York and continues to be a champion of preserving justice for all. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice and co-chair of the New York State Justice Task Force. In addition, Judge Ciparick was recently honored with the 2013 Excellence in Public Service Award from the New York State Bar Association and received an honorary doctorate of law degree from Hunter College.
Judge Ciparick is of counsel in the Appellate and Litigation practices of Greenberg Traurig’s New York City office. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, she spent 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.
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