Just over 60 women were honored at a ceremony at the this past Thursday in celebration of Women’s History Month.
“When I was in law school, only a third of women were in my graduating class,” said Peter Skelos, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York State. “Today, most law schools have over 50 percent of women. Those numbers show that the legal profession is at the forefront of gender equity.”
For Skelos, the Women of the Courts Ceremony was also a special day for him because one of the recipients, Lisa Stone, his law secretary, was giving birth that morning. He accepted the certificate on he behalf and was honored to say that Stone worked up to 2 days before her delivery and was still sending out emails the night before she gave birth.
“My law secretary is showing a dual role and the strength of women in our profession,” he said.
The Women of the Courts Ceremony has been an annual event at the supreme court for many years.
“I’ve seen more and more women participate in our events (over the years),” said Supreme Court Justice Margaret Reilly and who has served as Chair of the Women of the Courts Committee for the past 8 years.
Reilly’s favorite part about the ceremony is that the committee was able to give out approximately 45 certificates to women working in the courts.
“Without them we wouldn’t be able to do the kind of work that we do,” she said of the honorees.
Among the many recipients at the ceremony, Eileen Daly-Sapraicone, Esq. enjoyed her first time being honored for her outstanding dedication and commitment to the unified court system and the residents of Nassau County. She has worked as an attorney for 17 years and recently has been working for the court system for 4 years for Justice Norman St. George.
“It was very nice to be recognized for doing the work I love to do,” she said.