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Hunter College President Delivers Kate Stoneman Keynote

Jennifer J. Raab, the president of Hunter College, delivered the keynote speech at the 18th Annual Kate Stoneman Day, on March 21, 2012, at Albany Law School. As the keynote speaker, President Raab also received the law school's Miriam M. Netter '72 Award.

Three other women received Kate Stoneman Awards at the event:

  • Hon. Elizabeth A. Garry '90, State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department
  • Hon. Joan Kohout '74, Monroe County Family Court
  • Lisa Codispoti '95, posthumously, National Women's Law Center

"It is a great honor to be recognized today and to have the privilege of speaking at an event named for the courageous and pathbreaking Kate Stoneman, whose legacy shares so much in common with that of Thomas Hunter, the founder of Hunter College. Both were visionaries who fought for women’s equality, and who saw access to higher education and the obligation to giveback as basic tenets of a just society. On a personal level, I relate to Kate Stoneman’s determination to seize opportunities and overcome odds, and continue to be inspired by her extraordinary life and career," said President Raab.

The awards are presented in honor of Kate Stoneman, the first woman admitted to practice law in New York state and the first female graduate of Albany Law School in 1898. For more information on Kate Stoneman and Albany Law School's annual Kate Stoneman Day, visit

Albany Law School is a small, independent private school in the heart of New York state's capital since 1851. As the oldest law school in New York and the oldest independent law school in the nation, the institution offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a committed faculty. Several nationally recognized programs-including the Government Law Center and the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center-provide opportunities for students to apply classroom learning. Students have access to New York's highest court, federal courts, the executive branch and the state legislature. With more than 9,000 alumni practicing in every state in the country, and several continents, Albany Law's graduates are a close-knit community and an extraordinary resource for the law school and its students.

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