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Embracing Equity in the Courtroom

March 10, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Embracing Equity in the Courtroom
Free CLE event
Friday, March 10th at Albany Law School
Pre Registration Required –
Registration closes March 6, 2023  |  Event capped at 100 attendees



  • 8:30 am – Breakfast
  • 9am to noon – Event
  • 12pm to 1pm – lunch

(Sponsored by Monaco Cooper Lamme & Carr PLLC, Abdella & Sise LLP, and Cioffi, Slezak, Widgrube PC)


This event is being held in honor of International Women’s Day. It is intended to bring awareness to the role gender plays in the court room and celebrate trailblazing women on the bench.



  • Professor Melissa Breger (Albany Law)
  • Professor Gwen D’Arcangelis (Skidmore College)
  • Hon. Christine Clark (Appellate Division 3rd Department)
  • Hon. Teneka Frost (Schenectady City Court)
  • Hon. Sherri Brooks-Morton (Albany County Family Court)
  • Hon. Christina Ryba (Supreme Court, 3rd JD, first African American woman elected to the Supreme Court in the 3rd Department)
  • Hon. Grace Hanlon (first openly gay Supreme Court judge in the 8th JD)
  • Hon. Phyllis Frye (first transgender judge in the nation [Houston Municipal Courts, TX [virtual]])
  • Hon. Victoria Kolakowski (first elected openly transgender trial court judge of general jurisdiction [Alameda County Superior Court, CA [virtual]])
  • Hon. Andi Mudryk (first appointed openly transgender trial court judge of general jurisdiction [Alameda County Superior Court, CA [virtual]])
  • Panel Facilitator: Norina Melita, Esq (Law Clerk, Montgomery County Supreme Court)


This is a FREE event for all attorneys and law students. CLE Credits: 2 hours Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias. Both experienced and newly admitted attorneys are welcome and encouraged to attend this program, however, CLE credits for Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias can only be awarded to experienced attorneys.


QUESTIONS? CONTACT: Norina Melita, Esq., Montgomery County Bar Association – [email protected]


Registration Link –


Presented by:

  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Albany Law School Women in Leadership Initiative
  • Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association
  • Capital District Women’s Bar Association
  • Gender Fairness Committees for the 3rd and 4th Judicial Districts
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Schenectady County Bar Association
  • The Legal Project


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March 10, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208 United States
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