New York Justice Betty Weinberg Ellerin (ret.), a pioneer for women in the judiciary who has presided over the settlement of more than 2,500 cases has joined JAMS, The Resolution Experts.
Justice Ellerin, who retired from the New York Appellate Division last December after more than 20 years and currently is senior counsel at Alston & Bird, will be based in the New York City Midtown Resolution Center.
In 1985, Justice Ellerin became the first women appointed to the Appellate Division, First Division, and in 1989, she was the first women to serve as presiding justice of that court. She served as deputy chief administrative judge of the State of New York from 1982 to 1985, charged with the primary responsibility for administering the operation of all the trial courts with the city of New York, involving more than 425 judges and more than 4,700 non-judicial personnel, again the first women to hold such a position. From 1980 to 1982, Justice Ellerin presided over the City Part in New York County and settled more than 2,500 cases involving a broad spectrum of disputes in which the city was a party.
Justice Ellerin has received numerous awards, including New York University School of Law's Robert B. McKay Award for distinguished service and outstanding accomplishments in the advancement of justice (2006), the New York County Lawyers' Association Award for Conspicuous Service, in recognition of 50 years of public service (2005), and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award (1993).