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Judith S. Kaye In Her Own Words

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Judith S. Kaye In Her Own Words: Reflections on Life and the Law, with Selected Judicial Opinions and Articles. An autobiography and selected writings by Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the NYS Court of Appeals. Obtain your copy by supporting us at the $250 level!

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