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STATE'S HIGHEST COURT TO HONOR JASEN HERE

Retired Court of Appeals Judge Matthew J. Jasen, the last Western New Yorker to sit on the state's highest court in Albany, will be honored by the state's top judge and area judicial officials during a breakfast session in Statler Towers on Friday, a day after the high court's first working session here since 1849.

Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye of the Court of Appeals will join Presiding Justice Eugene F. Pigott Jr., the Buffalo judge heading the state's Rochester-based Appellate Division; Eighth District Administrative Judge Sharon S. Townsend; and a number of other local judges.

Kaye, who is being honored here by the Western New York Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of New York and the UB Law Alumni Association, said Jasen is being recognized because he was "a great judge and colleague on the court."

Jasen, who turns 90 in December, will get an opportunity at the breakfast to hear some of the oral history the high court has compiled on him as it begins developing oral histories of all the court's present and past members, Kaye said.

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