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The Honorable Judith Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship

October 10, 2019 9:03 PM | JAMELL ISIDOR

The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2019 Honorable Judith Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship, which has been established by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The scholarship(s) will be awarded to up to five female litigators and will cover the cost of their registration for either the 2019 session of the Commercial Litigation Academy, which is scheduled for November 14 to 15, 2019 in New York City (for those awardees who have previously registered for that session), or the next session which will take place in early 2021. The goal of the Scholarship is to help increase the number of women prepared to serve as first chair in large commercial cases. The Commercial Litigation Academy is sponsored by the NYSBA and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section.

The “Kaye Scholars” will also be invited to attend the Section’s Annual Meeting and Gala Luncheon to be held on January 29, 2020 at the Hilton Midtown in New York City. Each “Kaye Scholar” will be presented with her award on November 13, 2019 during a program session which will take place in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Southern District of New York in conjunction with the presentation of the Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom to female litigators who have had distinguished career in the courtroom in either the Federal or State Courts in New York and who have shown a commitment to mentoring young attorneys. The 2018 recipients of the Award are Sharon L. Nelles of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City and Sharon M. Porcello of Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC in Buffalo. A cocktail reception will follow the presentation of awards.

Eligibility: Female attorneys who have practiced commercial litigation between two and ten years since their admission to the New York State bar and who remain in good standing. In addition, recipients must attend the November 13, 2019 event when the scholarships will be awarded.

Scholarship Application Requirements To apply, please submit the following: 1. A letter (no more than two pages) stating why you should be selected as a Kaye Scholar and how receiving this scholarship would benefit your career or for the next session which will be scheduled in late 2020 or early 2021.

2. A current resume.


The scholarship will cover the registration fee for each recipient to attend the Commercial Litigation Academy in New York City either for the 2019 session scheduled for November 14-15, 2019 if the awardee has pre-registered for that session or the next session which will take place in early 2021


The application and supporting documents must email to on or before Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

Recipients of the Kaye Scholarship will be based on the following factors:

  • Content of letter 
  • Quality of written expression 
  • Work and other experience 
  • Any other relevant factors


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