JUDGE RUTH  BOGATYROW  KRAFT

hon-ruth-kraftLegal Experience

Judge Kraft is of counsel to Bartlett, McDonough & Monaghan

Where she  advises business clients and organizations on matters with respect to  wage/hour disputes, employee misclassification, employment policies and procedures, termination, and compliance with state and federal laws.

Her practice is comprehensive, covering business strategy as well as litigation before governmental bodies and in the courts.

Mediator Kraft, founded and chaired the employment law group at a small Garden City, New York after a long career on the bench, most recently at the New York State Department of Labor, with chambers in Brooklyn.  She began her career as an associate at one of the most distinguished law firms in the country prior to joining the faculty of New York University, where she was recognized for excellence in the teaching of law, business ethics and medicine.

Education

Ms. Kraft holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Summa Cum Laude, with distinction in Political Science, from Queens College, where she was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded a New York Urban Fellowship.  She is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where she studied under the preeminent luminaries of 20th century jurisprudence.  Her doctoral thesis, “Informed Consent in the Treatment of Breast Cancer”, is in the permanent collection of the Sterling Memorial Library of Yale University and forms part of seminal research in the field of medical law.   Subsequently, she holds a certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution from Harvard Law School.  She is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Kraft has lectured on employment law and corporate social responsibility to academic, business and professional groups throughout the United States and abroad, including to visiting jurists from the People’s Republic of China and the Long Island Tax Professionals Symposium.  She is a past president and member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Association of the Administrative Law Judiciary, a member of the Board of Directors of Yashar-the Judges’ and Lawyers’ Chapter of Hadassah, and an active member of the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women.  A member of the advisory board of the Center for Ethics in Business at Loyola-Marymount University for many years, she is an “uberjudge” of the International Business Ethics Competition, which has renamed its writing prize, the Judge Ruth B. Kraft Award, in her honor.  Additionally, she serves as Special Counsel to the Academy of Medicine of Queens County.

RECENT PAST EMPLOYMENT:

  • New York State Court System,  Judge; specialization in employment classification, training/mentor judge
  • Law Offices of Barry Silberzweig, Of Counsel (specializing in immigration and human rights law).
  • Spectrum Law Group, Co-Founder and Partner (pro bono publico).
  • Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, assigned to Commercial, Fraud and Administrative Appeals tribunals.
  • Hearing Officer, Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau,  (per diem).
  • Arbitrator, National Arbitration Forum.
  • Arbitrator, Civil Court of the City of New York.

TEACHING CREDENTIALS:

  • Adjunct Professor, Hofstra University, University College, responsible for  on-line, medicolegal consultant graduate program.
  • Adjunct Professor, Metropolitan College, responsible for teaching of M.B.A. law and business ethics curriculum and origination of alternate dispute resolution curriculum
  • Associate Professor of Law, Hofstra University
  • Associate Professor of Law & Business Context, New York University School of Law and Graduate School of Business and College of Business and Public Administration;  Lecturer in Medicine (Law), New York University School of Medicine .

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Class Actions
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Corporate Governance/Internal Investigations/Preventative Practices
  • Employment Litigation
  • Federal, State & Administrative Tribunals
  • Industrial Focus: healthcare, hospitality, transportation, retail, construction trades, building services, education, non-profit organizations
  • Privacy and e-communications
  • Public sector issues
  • Reclassification and Restructuring
  • Reduction in Force
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Workplace Safety

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, The Yale Law School, with thesis honors; participant in the Commonwealth Fellowship Program in Law & Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Queens College of the City University of New York, summa  cum laude, with distinction in Political Science.
  • Graduate Coursework in Business Administration-Management, Isenberg School of Business, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Professional MBA program, GPA : 4.0;

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Harvard Law School Program of Education for Lawyers, Certification  in Mediation & Arbitration
  • Member, Bar of the United States Supreme Court, admitted to practice on the motion of Thomas 1. Emerson, Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus, The Yale Law School.
  • Member, Bar of the United States Federal Courts, for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Second Judicial Circuit.
  • Member, Bar of the State of New York, admitted to practice in the First Judicial Department for the City of New York.

AWARDS, PRIZES AND DISTINCTIONS:

  • Lecture, Due Process in Administrative Law Proceedings-A Retrospective Homage to Goldberg v. Kelly, Pace University Law School, November 2010.
  • National Business Ethics Competition-under auspices of Center for Ethics in Business and the Compliance Officers Association, writing prize renamed the Judge Ruth B. Kraft Award, September 2010.
  • Lecturer in Administrative Law and Procedure, Pace University School of Law, program of continuing legal education to practitioners, November 2010.
  • William Randolph Hearst Scholarship, National Judicial College, 2008-2009.
  • Mentor Judge Designation, National Association of the Administrative Law Judiciary, 2009.
  • Challenge Grant Award,  National Association of the Administrative Law Judiciary, 2009.
  • President  and Executive Board Member,  New York State Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, 2012-2014; President Elect, 2010-2012; Secretary 2007-2010.
  • Lecturer in Administrative Judicial Ethics and Corruption to visiting delegations of jurists and prosecutors from the People’s Republic of China under the auspices of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, ‘08-’13.
  • Judge, Urban Fellowship Program, City of New York, 2009.
  • Judge, National Civil Rights Mock Trial Competition, St. John’s University School of Law, 2005.
  • Articles Editor, Journal of Legal Studies Education, 2006-2012; Articles Reviewer since 2003.
  • Articles Editor, Journal of Legal Studies in Business, 2006-2012.
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics National Meeting, Program Moderator and Ethics Bowl Judge, February 2004.
  • Judge, International Intercollegiate Business Ethics Competition, and National Advisory Board Member, Center for Business Ethics, Loyola University-Los Angeles,  2003-present.
  • Executive Board Member, Yashar Chapter of Judges and Lawyers, Hadassah.
  • University of Rochester, Parents Council 2006-2010 Admissions Council 2006-present.
  • Principal for a Day, PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning), Board of Education of the City of New York, 2002-2006.
  • Honorary Principal, PS 34 Queens, The John Harvard School.
  • Who’s Who in American Women.
  • Beta Kappa Psi, the National Accounting Honor Society, honorary membership,  voted by the student body of New York University College of Business and Public Administration.
  • New York University School of Business, Teacher of the Year.
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Elihu Root-Samuel J. Tilden Scholarship (for the outstanding law, student from the Second Judicial Circuit).
  • Political Science Department Award for Outstanding Graduate, Queens College.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Queens College.
  • New York City Urban Fellowship, awarded by the Ford Foundation and the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, Queens College.

EARLY PAST EMPLOYMENT:

  • Consultant in private practice, specializing in legal pedagogy, medicolegal issues , employment law and rights of the elderly.
  • Associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, New York, New York, specialization in tax issues, real estate and estates, under supervision of Martin D. Ginsburg, Esq.
  • Law Clerk to Judge B. Wright, New York State Supreme Court, New York County.
  • Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of Consumer Affairs.
  • Teaching Assistant in Political Science, Queens College of the City University of New York.