Message from the Executive Director

From a recent Society public event.
From a recent Society public event.

To Our Society Family,

We all have had to rethink our day-to-day lives, both personally and professionally. As we adjust to social distancing, we find that there are important lessons to be learned about how we communicate as an organization…and also as a people. The Historical Society of the New York Courts is now confronting this issue in its own mission.

We’re unable to gather at our programs and events as we’d like in this new normal. How to continue our dialogue with you? We have a few ideas which we are implementing and we need your participation to make it work:

  • Share your thoughts with us on social media about our newest series Common Threads of Justice with the hashtag #CommonThreadsofJusticeComment on our film offerings and tell us what themes you’d like us to explore in our rich film archive.
  • Tell us what topics you’d like to tune in on for podcasts at our #SocietyPodcast. There are so many options, and we want to present what you’d like to hear about from our unique lens of  legal history. Perhaps a look back at the flu pandemic of 1918?
  • Watch films from our Oral History archives focusing on themes like mentorship, early life experiences, and professional years from legal luminaries of the Bench & Bar. We all could use some encouragement about overcoming adversity — let us know what inspired you! #OralHistories
  • Interact with our digital articles from the latest issue of Judicial Notice focusing on influential legal figures in NY legal history. We plan to send out an article digitally from time to time. We’ll ask you to guess who the figure is with some preliminary hints before the article is sent out. Then follow that with prompts for a conversation about the article with the author or with us.

In addition to these new avenues, why not take a tour of the library available on our website? It’s a wealth of information — we learn something new every day!

  • Biographies of NYS judges and justices
  • Legal History by Era
  • Past calendars
  • Past Judicial Notice issues (#JudicialNotice)
  • Our films
  • Our past public programs

Share your ideas and we’ll add to the list!

Ever hopeful, we can’t wait to see you in the fall in Buffalo for our next program in partnership with the Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

We can only do so much to stop the spread of COVID-19, but we absolutely can do our best to nourish your minds and provide constructive diversions during this difficult time. We are with you.

My wishes to you all to stay safe and well.

Marilyn Marcus, Executive Director

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