Resolution J5370-2013

Honoring Gloria Smyth-Godinger on her designation as recipient of the 2014 Merit Performance Award for Superior Work Performance in the New York County Supreme Court

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  • May 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 22, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Gloria Smyth-Godinger upon the occasion
of her designation as recipient of the 2014 Merit Performance Award  for
Superior Work Performance in the New York County Supreme Court

WHEREAS, The quality and character of life in this Nation, and the great
State  of New York, is reflective of the purposeful lives and good works
of those patriotic and civic-minded community members who dedicate their
lives and careers to the service of others; and
  WHEREAS, Our local governments, our state and  our  nation  have  been
strengthened  by  generations of Americans who felt a sense of responsi-
bility to their community, to one another and to their families; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Gloria  Smyth-
Godinger  upon  the occasion of her designation as recipient of the 2014
Merit Performance Award for Superior Work Performance in  the  New  York
County  Supreme Court which was celebrated on Wednesday, April 30, 2014,
at the 2014 Law Day Awards held at the New York State Court  of  Appeals
in Albany, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Thirty-five years ago, Gloria Smyth-Godinger began her illus-
trious court career in Brooklyn Civil Court, distinguishing herself as a
quick study with an eye for detail; and
  WHEREAS,  For  the  past 29 years, Gloria Smyth-Godinger has worked in
New York County Supreme Court's Civil  Term,  starting  as  a  courtroom
clerk;  always  up  to  the challenge, she was typically assigned to the
court parts with the most voluminous and complex caseloads; and
  WHEREAS, In May 1997, Gloria Smyth-Godinger was selected to  head  the
state's  first  Office  for  the  Self-Represented,  established to help
unrepresented litigants by offering free legal and  procedural  informa-
tion;  she  assembled  a  terrific  team to lead this effort, making the
office a model for other help centers that have since opened across  the
state; and
  WHEREAS,  A few years later, Gloria Smyth-Godinger was again tapped to
take on the role of clerk-in-charge of the court's Trial Support Office,
which oversees case management-related functions; she worked  diligently
to  promote best case management practices, and ensure adherence to time
tables for resolving cases; and
  WHEREAS, Dedicated to the enhancement of her profession, Gloria Smyth-
Godinger also helped organize a neutral evaluation  program  to  promote
out-of-court  settlements  in  personal  injury and other matters, among
other innovations; and
  WHEREAS, Today, Gloria Smyth-Godinger is renowned for her amazing work
stamina, and can-do attitude, as well as  her  institutional  knowledge,
and mastery of the many automated systems introduced by the court system
in recent years; and
  WHEREAS,  This  legendary  public  servant  is widely regarded for her
efforts as a mentor to both  the  court  employees  and  countless  high
school,  college,  and  law  students  who have interned at the New York
State County Supreme Court over the years; and
  WHEREAS, A singular asset to all of the citizens she has served in the
State of New  York,  Gloria  Smyth-Godinger's  life  and  career  are  a
portrait  of preeminence in public service and serve as a role model for
all who aspire to a career in public service; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, it is appropriate to publicly proclaim and commend those  individ-
uals for the edification and emulation of others; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor upon the occasion of her designation  as  recipient  of  the  2014

Merit  Performance  Award  for Superior Work Performance in the New York
County Supreme Court; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Gloria Smyth-Godinger.

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