HONORABLE CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK, a native New Yorker received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and, in 1967, was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law. A staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society from 1967 to 1969, she left that position to join the Court System and in 1972 was designated Chief Law Assistant of the Criminal Court of the City of New York and served as Counsel to the New York City Administrative Judge David Ross.
In 1978, Mayor Edward I. Koch appointed Judge Ciparick a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York. In 1982, she was elected a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court and in January 1994, Governor Mario M. Cuomo, appointed her to the Court of Appeals as the Court’s first Hispanic member and its second woman. She was re-appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer in November 2007. Upon her retirement from the Court in December, 2012 she became “Of Counsel” to the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, co-chairing its National Appellate Practice Group.
Judge Ciparick was a member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct from 1985 through 1993 and currently chairs Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary. She is also a member of the New York State Indigent Legal Services Board and of the Permanent Commission on Access to Justice. She chairs the Historical Society of the New York Courts and co-chairs the New York State Justice Task Force that examines the causes of wrongful convictions. Judge Ciparick is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Modern Courts; the City Bar Justice Center; the Visiting Nurse Service of New York; and the Office of the Appellate Defender.
Among her many awards and honors, Judge Ciparick received the Capozzoli Gavel Award from the New York County Lawyers Association in 2010; the Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award from the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York in 2012; the Excellence in Public Service Award from the New York State Bar Association in 2013; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Law Journal in 2013; the Latina Commission Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic National Bar Association in 2014; and the Champion of Children and Families Award from Legal Information for Family Today (LIFT) in 2016.