(New York, NY, Tuesday, December 7, 2021) – The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) applauds Governor Kathy Hochul ‘s nomination of Hon. Shirley Troutman to fill the vacancy in the New York State Court of Appeals due to the retirement of Justice Eugene M. Fahey.
Justice Troutman has served as an Associate Justice for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department since 2016. Justice Troutman also serves as co-chair of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission. Her distinguished judicial career began with her election to Buffalo City Court in 1994. She served as an Erie County Judge from 2003 through 2009. In 2009, she was elected to Supreme Court in the Eighth Judicial District. Prior to joining the bench, Justice Troutman was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, Assistant State Attorney General and an Assistant District Attorney. Justice Troutman is a past recipient of the M. Dolores Denman Lady Justice Award bestowed by the Western New York Chapter of WBASNY.
Upon hearing of the appointment, President Dawn Reid-Green commented that “Justice Troutman will bring not only a superior legal mind to the bench, but also much needed diversity.”
WBASNY celebrates Justice Troutman for this nomination and her dedication and service to the Court and to the legal community.
The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) is the professional membership organization of choice for more than 3,500 attorneys throughout New York State, and the largest statewide women’s bar association in the country. For over four decades, WBASNY has been a singularly important resource for women lawyers, with professional networking, continuing legal education programming, leadership training, and advocacy for the rights of women, children, and families. Through involvement with WBASNY’s 20 regional chapters and its 40-plus substantive law committees, WBASNY’s members collaborate with one another on a variety of issues and perform public and community service, in furtherance of its mission to promote the advancement of the status of women in society and women in the legal profession; to promote the fair and equal administration of justice; and to act as a unified voice for its members with respect to issues of statewide, national and international significance to women generally and women attorneys in particular. WBASNY holds United Nations NGO status with the U.N.’s Department of Public Information, and Special Consultative status in association with the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). WBASNY is also a founding member of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.