George Bundy Smith, who served for 14 years on New York's highest court, has joined Chadbourne & Parke LLP as a partner in the firm's litigation practice based in the New York City office.
'George Bundy Smith has had a storied career, and we are honored to have such a distinguished jurist join Chadbourne,' said Managing Partner Charles K. O'Neill.'He brings to the firm a rich and varied career, and we are fortunate to welcome an individual so well-known for his commitment, courage, and tremendous work ethic.'
Judge Smith served on the bench for more than 30 years.His judicial service began in May 1975 when he was named to the Civil Court of New York City. He was a justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York from 1980 to 1986, and an associate justice of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, from 1987 to 1992.He was appointed to the Court of Appeals, in 1992 by Governor Mario Cuomo, and served as an associate judge until his retirement in September 2006.
First as a student and then a young lawyer, Judge Smith labored to advance the cause of civil rights. In 1961, he joined other students in the Freedom Rides to Montgomery, Alabama, where the National Guard was needed to protect them from hostile mobs. He later served as an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. He became a judicial law secretary in the New York state courts, and from 1974 to 1975 was the administrator of New York City's Model Cities Program.
Judge Smith has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Fordham University Law School since 1981. He has also been involved in a variety of community and professional activities, including as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Grace Congregational Church and a member of the Board of Directors of the Harlem-Dowling Westside Center for Children and Family Services.