The New York Bar Foundation announced its new slate of officers and board members earlier this month including its new vice president, Hon. Cheryl E. Chambers. The other new officers and board members included Carla M. Palumbo, who was named president of the Foundation, Vincent E. Doyle, and Lauren Sharkey.
Justice Chambers, an associate justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, has served on the Foundation's Board of Directors for seven years. A Follow of the New York Bar Foundation, and a member of the Charles Evans Hughes Circle of Giving, Justice Chambers has also chaired the bylaws and governance committee and served on the nominating and personnel committees.
“I am thrilled to step into my new role as Vice President of the New York Bar Foundation at such a pivotal moment, when the Foundation will maximize its philanthropy and grantmaking to support organizations that drive access to justice and tackle the greatest inequities in New York State," said Justice Chambers. "I look forward to working with the dedicated and visionary leadership of the Foundation and the New York State Bar Association to continue the work of both organizations.”
Justice Chambers was appointed to the Appellate Division by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in 2008 and was appointed to a senior seat in November 2016. She is the second African American woman to serve on the Appellate Division.
Prior to becoming a judge, Justice Chambers served in the Kings County District Attorney's Office and served as the chief of the domestic violence bureau, deputy chief in the trial division, and as an assistant district attorney in the trial and appeals bureaus.
Justice Chambers is active in the legal community and is a member of multiple bar associations. She served as chair of the NYS Bar Association's judicial section, the bylaw's committee, and she served on the diversity and inclusion committee. She is a fellow of the American Bar Association, and serves as a director of the Judicial Friends and the Association of Supreme Court Justices of NYC. Justice Chambers is also served as chair of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.
A graduate from Brooklyn College and the Boston University School of Law, Justice Chambers has received the Vivian Agress Trailblazer Award from the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Trailblazer Award from the NYSBA, the Jurist of the Year Award from the MBBA, and the Jewish Lawyer's Guild Golda Meir Award.
The New York Bar Foundation is the non-profit and charitable arm of the New York State Bar Association.