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Judith Kaye
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Chairman of the Commission on Judicial Nomination
In office
March 31, 2009 – March 31, 2013
Appointed by David Paterson
Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
In office
March 23, 1993 – December 31, 2008
Appointed by Mario Cuomo
Preceded by Richard D. Simons
Succeeded by Jonathan Lippman
Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
In office
1983–1993
Appointed by Mario Cuomo
Personal details
Born
Judith Ann Smith

(1938-08-04)August 4, 1938
Monticello, New York, United States
Died January 7, 2016(2016-01-07) (aged 77)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Alma mater Barnard College
New York University School of Law

Judith Ann Kaye (née Smith; August 4, 1938 – January 7, 2016) was an American lawyer and jurist. He was the longtime Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, serving in that position from March 23, 1993 until December 31, 2008. She was the first woman to serve as chief judge, the highest judicial office in the New York state, and the longest-serving chief judge in New York history.

Kaye died on January 7, 2016, at her home in Manhattan, New York from cancer, aged 77.

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