Alumna of Achievement Award

The Alumna of Achievement Award recognizes an alumna who has excelled in her professional or volunteer accomplishments and are a recognized leader in her fields of endeavor.

2014 Recipient: A. Gail Prudenti, MC '75

As chief administrative judge of the Courts of New York State, the Honorable A. Gail Prudenti oversees the administration and operation of the statewide court system, with a budget of over $2.7 billion, 3,600 state and locally paid judges and 15,000 non-judicial employees in more than 350 court locations around the state.

She previously served as the presiding justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department in New York state, the first woman to hold that position. Before that, she was the first woman from Suffolk County to serve as an associate justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department.

Judge Prudenti's judicial career began in 1991 when she was elected to the New York State Supreme Court where she served until 1995, at which time she began her term as the first woman elected surrogate of Suffolk County.

She earned her law degree from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, which also awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Law in 2004. She graduated from Marymount College with honors.

Her legal writings are extensive. More than 1,000 of Judge Prudenti's decisions have been published and she has contributed articles to many publications, such as The New York Law Journal, Newsday, The Suffolk Lawyer, and The Jurist.

She is a member of numerous professional committees and organizations, including the Judicial Section of the American Bar Association; the New York State Trial Lawyers Association; the New York States Women's Bar Association; the Suffolk County Women's Bar Association, which she helped found; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Suffolk County Columbian Lawyers Association.

She lives with her husband and fellow lawyer, Robert J. Cimino, in the Village of Bellport.

Past Recipients

  • Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, '61
  • Joyce Brown, Ph.D., '68
  • Ellen Campbell, Ph.D., '52
  • Kathleen Connell, R.S.H.M., '61
  • Jeanne Fisher-Thompson, MC '72
  • Joanne Casella Gray, '72
  • Maureen Kelleher, R.S.H.M., '60
  • Marie Bertona Kuffner, M.D., '63
  • Nola Masterson, '69
  • Joan Carter McHugh, '63
  • Mary Begley Murphy, '66
  • Nancy Naples O'Neill, '70
  • Jean Wynn Shea, '80
  • Kristine Lowe Welker, '88