2006 Law Day Theme
Celebrates Separation of Powers
From left to right: Frank Pastore, Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan
Lippman, Elizabeth A. Taylor, Kimberly Kozlowski, Anthony Jimenez, Chief
Judge Judith S. Kaye, Ellen Mathews. Photo: Colleen Brescia
CHIEF JUDGE JUDITH S. KAYE, CHIEF
Administrative Judge Jonathan
Lippman, Attorney General Eliot
Spitzer and then-president of the New
York State Bar Association, A. Vincent
Buzard, celebrated Law Day on the
steps of the Court of Appeals on May
1 along with the six current associate
judges and several former members
of the court.
Since 1958, Law Day has been celebrated
nationwide each year to remind
Americans of how the rule of law helps
make democracy possible. This year’s
theme was “Liberty Under Law: Separate
Branches, Balanced Powers,” and
Judge Kaye reminded the crowd in
front of Court of Appeals Hall that
“judicial independence has been a cornerstone
of American government
from this nation’s very beginnings.”
“In Alexander Hamilton’s words,
‘there is no liberty, if the power of
judging be not separated from the legislative
and executive powers. The
complete independence of the courts
is . . . essential,’” said Judge Kaye.
“[A]n independent judiciary has the
competence and the courage to hew
to the requirements of the law, even
in the face of controversy and criticism
and outright condemnation.”
Attorney General Spitzer spoke
about the challenge of applying the
Constitution’s rights and safeguards
in the 21st century and his belief in an
Buzard noted the need to be vigilant
in protecting the independence of
the judiciary. He took the opportunity
to urge the legislature to raise the
salary of state judges, whose last
increase was in 1999, and to pass
Judge Kaye’s quadrennial commission
proposal to ensure regular cost-of-living
increases for judges and officials in
the executive and legislative branches.
As is the custom on Law Day, Judge
Lippman presented the following
annual Merit Performance Awards, the
highest honors given to court employees.
In addition to the four awarded
each year, a special fifth award was given
posthumously to a longtime clerk
of the Court of Appeals.
Superior Work Performance: Kimberly
Kozlowski, Principal Court Analyst,
Onondaga County Drug Court. As the
court’s program coordinator, Kozlowski
is “the heart and soul” of the
court, overseeing day-to-day operations.
She is also responsible for the
Family Treatment Court and is
involved with the state and national
drug court training institutes.
Outstanding Educational Efforts: Elizabeth
A. Taylor, Esq., Principal Law
Clerk, Bronx County Supreme Court.
Taylor started a program that provides
inner-city youngsters with positive
exposure to the judicial system
and career options in the legal field.
In two years, the program has grown
sevenfold, this year attracting some
Community Service and Humanitarian Pursuits: Anthony Jimenez, Management
Analyst, Nassau County Supreme
Court. In addition to his day job,
Jimenez is a certified emergency medical
technician and a council member
in his hometown of Glen Cove. He is
involved in numerous youth activities
in his community.
Heroism: Frank Pastore, Senior Court
Officer, Queens County Supreme
Court. Officer Pastore came to the aid
of a woman being beaten during
a carjacking outside the courthouse.
Thanks to his quick action, the victim
sustained only minor injuries and the
assailant was apprehended.
In Recognition of Exemplary Service and
Dedication: John J. Mathews, Esq.
Consultation Clerk, Court of Appeals.
Mathews began his legendary Court
of Appeals career in 1948 as a law
clerk under Judge Charles S. Desmond.
He later became the court’s
consultation clerk, reviewing every
draft and final opinion in cases on
appeal, and every internal report on
motions and appeals filed in the
court. In over 40 years with the court,
he became its institutional memory.
Mathews, who died on April 7, 2006,
served five chief judges, 32 associate
judges and five clerks of the court. The
award was accepted by his daughter,
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