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District mourns passing of Chief Judge Judith Kaye

Jan. 7, 2016

The Monticello Central School District community was deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Chief Judge Judith Kaye, Class of 1954, on Jan. 7.

Hon. Kaye was a judge, author and pioneer and was inducted into the district’s Hall of Distinction on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Judge Kaye gained a national reputation for her groundbreaking decisions and innovative reforms of the New York court system. She wrote notable decisions on a wide variety of statutory, constitutional and common law issues and was a role model to many.
She first woman named to New York’s highest court and the first to serve as the state’s chief judge, among many other accomplishments.

Ms. Kaye dedicated her life to the improvement of the legal profession and the administration of justice and received many awards and recognitions, including the prestigious John Marshall Award, the New York State Bar Association Gold Medal and the New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Gold Medal.

Ms. Kaye exemplified how a person can achieve and maintain success while giving back to the community in which she grew up and the district is honored to have had her as an alumni.