On May 12, 2022, the Fund for Modern Courts honored the former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr, with the public service award, named for his father, Cyrus R. Vance, Sr. Presenting the award was the Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York.
In 2003, the Fund for Modern Courts inaugurated the Cyrus R. Vance Tribute to honor Cyrus Vance’s vision, accomplishment, and integrity in government. The Vance Tribute recognizes a notable public figure who exemplifies Vance’s legacy, and who has made the New York State Court system more efficient, fair and accessible to all.
Cyrus R. Vance set an exemplary standard for public service throughout his career. He served as United States Secretary of State, Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, President of the City Bar Association, and was a Partner at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett, LLP. Mr. Vance was also a leader of the Fund for Modern Courts, and served as the organization’s Chair from 1986 to 1990. In addition to his notable career on the national and international stages, Cyrus Vance was tireless in his efforts to reform the New York State Court system. Among his successes was promoting the implementation of merit selection for New York State’s highest court, producing the nationally renowned Court of Appeals we enjoy today.