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Tuesday, December 18, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lindsay Panzica
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In November, Chief Judge DiFiore and the New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts began distributing an Attorney Survey on Gender Fairness in the New York State Courts. The survey replicates some of the questions from the original 1985 survey to allow for progress to be measured, and it addresses some additional areas.


The electronic survey was distributed by email to all attorneys in the Attorney Registration Database who have a place of business or reside in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut and provided their email address in their attorney registration form. The survey, which has been distributed to approximately 70,000 attorneys includes a unique, single use, link to each potential participant. This represents a sample of 41% of all attorneys registered as active in the OCA attorney registration database. For statistical analysis, this is an enormous sample. The purpose of making the link unique was to ensure the survey would not be duplicated and shared thereby enhancing the data reliability and validity of the findings.


•             If you are a NY state court user and have received the invitational email from Chief Judge DiFiore, please complete the 15 minute survey before the end of December. Your response is very important and will be kept confidential. It will be aggregated with other survey responses.

•             If you have not received the invitational email and believe you included your email address in your attorney registration, please check your SPAM folder.

•             Please do not share the link. It was intended for you and can only be used once.

•             If you did not receive the survey, it’s likely that you did not include your email address on the attorney registration form.


The press release announcing the survey is may be found HERE. Should you have any questions, please send them to


Thank you for interest. With warmest wishes to you for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year,


Betty Weinberg Ellerin, Chair

NYS Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts

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