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The First Chief Justice: John Jay and the Making of a New Nation

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The Honorable Mark C. Dillon
Justice, New York State Supreme Court

The first Chief Justice of the United States, John Jay, faced many unique challenges. When the stability and success of the new nation were far from certain, a body of federalized American law had to be created from scratch. In The First Chief Justice, Justice Mark C. Dillon examines the life and times of Chief Justice Jay and will share those insights in his lecture on February 21, 2024.

 The Honorable Mark C. Dillon is a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, currently serving in its Appellate Division in the Second Judicial Department. He was elected to the Supreme Court in the state’s Ninth Judicial District in 1999, before his appointment to the Appellate Division by Governor George Pataki in 2005. He was re-appointed to one of the senior “constitutional” seats at the Appellate Division by Governor David Paterson in January of 2009. Justice Dillon has presided in a variety of courts including the trial parts of the Supreme Courts in Westchester, Rockland and Dutchess Counties, the Westchester County Court, and the Yorktown Justice Court. 

Justice Dillon has also been an active civil litigator and trial attorney in state and federal courts in the greater New York City area, at the White Plains firms of Cerussi & Spring, and thereafter, at Dillon & Sarcone, LLP.

Justice Dillon has lectured frequently at CLEs dealing with civil procedure, appellate practice, medical malpractice, matrimonial law and criminal law, and has written extensively on matters of civil practice in court decisions and in legal publications Justice Dillon joined the Adjunct faculty of Fordham Law School during the 2007-08 school year and teaches a course on New York Practice.  He is the author of The First Chief Justice–John Jay and the Struggle of a New Nation published in 2022 the SUNY Press.

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