Eunice Carter Program


On October 20, 2020, the Historical Society of the New York State Courts, the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission and the Unified Court System’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a program showcasing the life and career of Eunice Carter, the first African American woman Assistant District Attorney in New York State. The program began with a talk by the authors of her biography Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster, her grandson Prof. Stephen L. Carter and her great-granddaughter Leah Aird Carter, Esq. The discussion between Prof. Stephen L. Carter and Leah Aird Carter, Esq., was moderated by Eileen D. Millett, Counsel, Office of Court Administration. The program concluded with a panel featuring Hon. Dianne T. Renwick, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department; Hon. Troy K. Webber, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department, FHW Commission Co-Chair, and Ms. Carter, discussing the challenges of African American women in the legal profession today. The panel was moderated by Hon. Rowan D. Wilson, Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman provided a welcome and introduction, and Matthew Diller, Dean at Fordham University School of Law, where Eunice Carter attended law school, gave remarks. NY County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., rededicated Eunice Carter’s plaque at the Manhattan DA’s Office. VIDEO LINK


Top row: Program moderator Eileen D. Millett, Esq. Panelists, Professor Stephen L. Carter and Leah Aird Carter, Esq. Bottom row: Panelists, Hon. Dianne T. Renwick, Hon. Troy K. Webber, Hon. Rowan D. Wilson. Speakers: Hon. Janet DiFiore, Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Dean Matthew Diller and New York County D.A. Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Esq.


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