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Balancing the Scales of Justice CLE
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Balancing the Scales of Justice: The Impact of Judicial Diversity


This CLE is 2 hours and 50 minutes long, and worth 2.5 Professional Practice credits and 0.5 Ethics credits. Instructions are below.


Who: Sponsored by the Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee. Co-sponsored by: Albany County Bar Association; Albany Law School; Capital District Women’s Bar Association; Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission; National Association of Women Judges; New York State Bar Association; NYS LGBT Commission; Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York; Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association.


Participants: (to date): Hon. Leslie Stein, Associate Judge, NYS Court of Appeals; Hon. Karen Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department; Hon. Elizabeth Garry, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department, and co-chair NYS LGBT Commission; Hon. Helena Heath, Albany City Court Judge; former Albany City Judge Rachel Kretser; Albany Law School professors Vincent Bonventre and Melissa Breger.


Moderator: Susan Arbetter, host, The Capitol Pressroom


Details:  The Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee will launch a documentary on pioneering women judges in the seven-county district. Nine judges or former judges — all of them a trailblazer in one way or another — are featured in an enlightening and inspiring film narrated by Judge Leslie Stein of the Court of Appeals. After the viewing, panelists will discuss if and how diversity impacts jurisprudence. Is diversity merely symbolic, or does it matter in a substantive way?



  1. Watch the video, and download the materialsMake note of the “Embedded Code(s)” that will be announced during the CLE.
  2. After you watch and have the code(s), you'll need to fill out the affirmation and evaluation . Those documents may be returned to me by mail or email.
  3. When I receive the affirmation, I will mail or email you back the completed credit.


If you have any questions, please email 
or call (518) 445-7691 x116.



The Albany County Bar Association provides hardship scholarships for those who financially qualify

The content of this course is appropriate for BOTH newly appointed and experienced attorneys (transitional/nontransitional)

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