Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, senior associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, is the recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s 2011 George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award.
“[Judge] Ciparick has enjoyed a long and ground-breaking career in the law,” said Jonathan D. Lupkin of New York, chairman of the bar’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. “She is an extraordinary judge whose passion for the law is equaled only by her love for people.
“We are honored to present this award to Judge Ciparick in recognition of her jurisprudence and commitment to inspiring attorneys of color to join the legal profession.”
Judge Ciparick made history in 1994 by being the first Hispanic to serve on New York’s highest court. In 1982, Judge Ciparick was elected to the New York State Supreme Court where she served until her appointment to the Court of Appeals.
She graduated from Hunter College and St. John’s University School of Law.