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State Constitutional Commentary Symposium

Albany Law Review to Host "The State of State Courts"


The Albany Law Review is hosting justices from state supreme courts from around the country and the New York Solicitor General at the Eighth Annual Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke State Constitutional Commentary Symposium on April 3 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.




The panelists will discuss cases in which their supreme courts interpreted state constitutions to provide greater rights and liberties than their federal counterparts. These cases include topics such as marriage equality, protections against governmental takings, free speech, and freedom of the press.

Panelists include:

- Special Honoree, Judge Victoria A. Graffeo, Court of Appeals of New York

- Justice Jack L. Landau, Oregon Supreme Court
- Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Ohio Supreme Court​
- Justice Richard N. Palmer, Connecticut Supreme Court

- Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, New Jersey Supreme Court
- Barbara Underwood, New York Solicitor General


For more information, contact Robert McIver, Executive Editor for State Constitutional Commentary, at


Annual Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke State Constitutional Commentary Symposium

In the Spring of 2007, the Albany Law Review began a new annual tradition of honoring former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Lawrence H. Cooke by holding the State Constitutional Commentary Symposium in his name.  In its inaugural year, the Symposium featured the Chief Justices of the Supreme Courts of Arkansas, Utah, and Wisconsin, as well as a tribute to the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, Judith S. Kaye.  For the 2008 symposium, the entire New York Court of Appeals came to tell of their favorite judge in the court's history. 

Past Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke State Constitutional Commentary Symposiums

On February 16, 2011, the topic was Great Women, Great Chiefs. Chief Justice Margaret Marshall of Massachusetts, Chief Justice Marsha Ternus of Iowa and Chief Justice Jean H. Toal of South Carolina offered insightful commentary on their experiences and the state of state courts nationwide. 
On March 4, 2010, the Albany Law Review hosted its fourth annual Symposium on Wrongful Convictions: Understanding and Addressing Criminal Injustice.  As opening speaker and moderator, New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman lead a discussion on the origins of and modern solutions to wrongful convictions.  This timely event followed Chief Judge Lippman's appointment of a permanent New York State task force on wrongful convictions. 
In the Spring of 2009, the Symposium was entitled "Tough Call: State High Court Judges on Making Their Hardest Decisions," and the panel included Acting Chief Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Associate Justice (retired) John M. Greaney of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Senior Associate Justice Flemming L. Norcott, Jr. of the Connecticut Supreme Court, and Associate Judge Robert S. Smith of the New York Court of Appeals.​