Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick

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Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick
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Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
Assumed office
1994
Appointed by Mario Cuomo
Preceded by Stewart F. Hancock, Jr.
Justice on the New York Supreme Court
In office
1982–1994
Judge on the New York City Criminal Court
In office
1978–1983
Appointed by Edward I. Koch
Personal details
Born (1942-01-01) January 1, 1942 (age 74)
New York City, New York
Alma mater Hunter College
St. John's University School of Law

Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (born January 1, 1942)[1] was an associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state of New York, from 1994 through 2012, when she reached mandatory retirement age. As of June 2015, she has returned to the practice of law.

Early life and education[edit]

Judge Ciparick is the daughter of two migrants from Puerto Rico and grew up in Washington Heights. She is a 1963 graduate of Hunter College and a 1967 graduate of St. John's University School of Law. The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York has authorized Hunter College to award her an honorary Doctor of Laws at commencement exercises scheduled for January 24, 2013.[2]

Legal career[edit]

Following law school and passing the bar, Ciparick worked for the Legal Aid Society. In 1978, she was appointed Judge of the New York City Criminal Court. She was elected as a justice of New York Supreme Court in 1982.

Judge Ciparick was appointed to the New York Court of Appeals by Governor Mario Cuomo in 1994. She was reappointed to the Court by Governor Eliot Spitzer in 2007. Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age, Ciparick retired on December 31, 2012.

In the well-known Court of Appeals case of Hernandez v. Robles, the court held, by a 4-2 majority, that the state constitution did not require the recognition of same-sex marriage. Chief Judge Judith Kaye wrote a strongly-worded dissent that Ciparick joined.

As of June 2015, she had returned to the practice of law, and was working at the notable law firm of Greenberg Traurig.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Stewart F. Hancock, Jr.
Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
1993–2012
Succeeded by
Jenny Rivera