Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick

Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick

Of Counsel

Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick is Co-Chair of the National Appellate Practice Group and advises clients on appellate matters, litigation strategy and mentors Greenberg Traurig's junior lawyers. She is active in public service and serves on the Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, the New York Courts Historical Society and the New York State Indigent Legal Services Board. She was appointed by the Chief Judge to co-chair the New York Justice Task Force that examines the causes of wrongful convictions. Carmen was also appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve as Chair of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

Concentrations

  • Handling appeals in wide-ranging matters, both federal and state
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Court monitorships
Read More +

Capabilities

Experience

  • Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick is the former Senior Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. She spent 34 years on the bench, the last 19 on New York’s highest court. Carmen was appointed on December 1, 1993 by Governor Mario M. Cuomo. She was re-appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer in November 2007.
  • During her tenure on the court, she wrote some of the court's most significant decisions, breaking new ground on issues such as school funding, the separation of church and state, and the death penalty.
  • Carmen started her career as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City. Later she became an Assistant Counsel to the Judicial Conference of the State of New York and served as Chief Law Assistant of the Criminal Court of the City of New York and Counsel in the Office of the New York City Administrative Judge. In 1978, she was appointed Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York by Mayor Edward I. Koch, and in 1982 was elected to the New York State Supreme Court.
  • Other noteworthy past experience includes: New York State/Federal Judicial Council, (Chair, 2009, 2010); Institute on Professionalism and the Law; and New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct

Recognition & Leadership

  • Career Public Service Award, The Fund for Modern Courts, 2017
  • Recipient, Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award, New York County Lawyers Association & Metropolitan Black Bar Association, 2017
  • The Legal 500 United States, Litigation - Supreme Court and Appellate, 2014 and 2016-2018
  • Honoree, Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) 20th Anniversary Benefit, June 2016
  • Honoree, The Tribune Society, Inc. of the Courts in the State of New York, November 2013
  • Recipient, The New York Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award, November 2013
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Honoree, Queens County District Attorney’s Office, October 2013
  • Recipient, Vito J. Titone Award for Legal Excellence, Staten Island Legal Services, April 2013
  • Honoree, The Historical Society of the New York Courts "Honoring Lady Justice" gala, April 2013
  • New York State Bar Association, Excellence in Public Service Award, January 2013
  • Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, Outstanding Jurist Lifetime Achievement Award, December 2012
  • New York City Women’s Bar Association, President’s Medal, June 2012
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award, June 2012
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association, Judiciary Lifetime Achievement Award, May 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, April 2012
  • Albany County Bar Association, February 2012
  • St. John’s University School of Law Alumni Association, St. Thomas More Award, January 2012
  • New York State Bar Association, George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award, April 2011
  • St. John’s University School of Law, Ronald H. Brown Award, April 2011
  • Bronx County Bar Association, March 2011
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Capozzoli Gavel Award, April 2010
  • New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Vincent E. Doyle, Jr. Outstanding Jurist Award, January 2010
  • New York City Trial Lawyers Association, Harlan Fiske Stone Memorial Award, October 2009
  • Cervantes Society, Woman of the Year, October 2009
  • Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, Carmen B. Ciparick Lifetime Achievement Award, April 2009
  • Bronx County’s Women’s History Month, March 2009
  • Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, John Carro Award for Judicial Excellence, May 1998
  • Women’s Bar Association, President’s Special Award, May 1996
  • New York State Bar Association Committee on Minorities in the Profession, Lifetime Achievement Award, January 2006
  • Chair, Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees, Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York
  • Co-Chair, New York State Justice Task Force
  • Board of Directors, Office of the Appellate Defender
  • Board of Directors, City Bar Justice Center
  • Board of Directors, Visiting Nurse Service of New York
  • Board of Directors, The Fund for Modern Courts
  • Member, New York State Indigent Legal Services Board
  • Member, Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York Women’s Bar Association
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • St. John’s University School of Law Alumni Association
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Latino Judges Association
  • Supreme Court Justices Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., St. John's University School of Law, 1967
  • B.A., Hunter College, 1963
  • Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Hunter College, 2013
  • Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, St. John’s University, School of Law, 2003
  • Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, City University of New York, School of Law at Queens College, 1994
Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States