Hon. Janet DiFiore
Hon. Janet DiFiore
Honorary President

About Hon. Janet DiFiore

Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and of the State of New York, was born in Mount Vernon, New York.

She graduated from C.W. Post College, Long Island University (B.A. 1977) and from St. John’s University School of Law (J.D. 1981). She was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1982. Chief Judge DiFiore served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office from 1981-1987, and from 1994-1998 as Chief of the Office’s Narcotics Bureau. From 1987-1993, Chief Judge DiFiore practiced law with the firm of Goodrich & Bendish. In 1998, she was elected a Judge of the Westchester County Court, presiding over criminal and civil matters and sitting by designation in the Family Court, Surrogate’s Court and Supreme Court. She served as a County Court Judge until 2002, when she was elected a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court.

As a Supreme Court Justice, she served as Supervising Judge of the Criminal Courts of the 9th Judicial District. In 2005, Chief Judge DiFiore resigned from the bench and was elected Westchester County District Attorney. She served in this position from 2006-2016. On December 1, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated her to the position of Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and the State of New York. On January 21, 2016, her nomination was confirmed by the New York State Senate.

Chief Judge DiFiore lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband Dennis E. Glazer. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Hon. Marguerite Grays
Hon. Marguerite A. Grays

About Hon. Marguerite A. Grays

In November 2000, Justice Marguerite A. Grays was elected Judge of the New York City Civil Court, Queens County. She served in that capacity until her election in November 2002 to the New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, where she presently sits. In the Fall of 2005, Justice Grays was selected as one of the first two Justices to preside over the Queens County Commercial Division. Justice Grays is the Presiding Justice of the Queens County Commercial Division, and the former Presiding Justice of the Queens County Residential Foreclosure Part. In 2015, she was appointed as the Deputy Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, Eleventh Judicial District. In 2020, Justice Grays was appointed as Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, Eleventh Judicial District.

Justice Grays serves on various committees and has held numerous officer positions, including: Chairperson of the Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts of the Queens Supreme Court, Civil Term; Immediate Past President of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ); and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Queens County Women’s Bar Association (QCWBA). She has also held the position of Past President and Board of Director of the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA).

Justice Grays honors include the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra Distinguished Alumni on the Bench Award and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Law Day Alumni Honoree Award.

Justice Grays is a member of Queens County Women’s Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Queens County Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, the National Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

Justice Grays is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Hofstra University School of Law.

Jacqueline Flug

About Jacqueline Flug

Jacqueline P. Flug serves as General Counsel at Drizly, the country’s leading e-commerce platform for on demand alcohol delivery. Prior to joining Drizly in 2019, Ms. Flug served as General Counsel and Vice President of Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation from 2016-2019 and as General Counsel to the New York State Liquor Authority from 2012- 2016. Ms. Flug served in the Office of the Mayor as the Administrator for the Assigned Counsel Plan for the Appellate Division First Department, a program that provides private counsel for indigent criminal defendants, from 2008-2012. Ms. Flug began her legal career in 2001 as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, where she prosecuted violent felonies and vehicular homicides.

Ms. Flug served as the President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) from 2016-2017 and the President of the Bronx Women’s Bar Association from 2007-2008. She serves on various Court Committees, including the Judicial Hearing Officer Screening Committee for the Appellate Division, Second Department and the Central Screening Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department. Ms. Flug proudly served as a coach for Bronx Middle School I.S. 145 in the Thurgood Marshall Junior High School Mock Trial Competition and served on the Board of the National Organization for Women – NYC. Ms. Flug has been a member of JALBCA since 2005, serving on the Dinner Committee, Programs Committee, chairing the Lunch & Learn Programs Committee as well as the Grants Committee, and serving as Vice President.

Ms. Flug received her Juris Doctor cum laude from New York Law School and her B.A. in American Studies from SUNY Geneseo.


Claire P. Gutekunst
Executive Director

About Claire P. Gutekunst

Before joining JALBCA as Executive Director in November 2017, Claire P. Gutekunst was the President of the 72,000-member New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) in 2016-2017, having served as President-Elect in 2015-2016.  Her signature presidential initiative was a joint Domestic Violence Initiative with the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.  Claire was a commercial litigator for nearly 30 years at Proskauer.  She then served as Special Master for the New York City Asbestos Litigation and was an independent mediator and arbitrator.

Claire has held many other leadership positions at NYSBA (including Vice President and the first woman Treasurer) and has been a member of the ADR and Arbitration Committees of the New York City Bar Association and the ADR Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association.  She is a member of the ABA House of Delegates.  For many years, Claire was the chair of the Advisory Council of the Academy of Women Leaders of the YWCA of New York City.  Claire lives with her husband in Yonkers, New York.  They have two grown sons.

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