In 2003, the Fund
for Modern Courts inaugurated the Cyrus R. Vance Tribute to honor
Cyrus Vances vision, accomplishment, and integrity in government.
The Vance Tribute recognizes a notable public figure who exemplifies
Vances legacy, and who has made the New York State Court system
more efficient, fair and accessible to all.
R. Vance set an exemplary standard for public service throughout
his career. He served as United States Secretary of State, Chair
of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, President of the City Bar
Association, and was a Partner at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett,
LLP. Mr. Vance was also a leader of the Fund for Modern Courts,
and served as the organization's Chair from 1986 to 1990. In addition
to his notable career on the national and international stages,
Cyrus Vance was tireless in his efforts to reform the New York State
Court system. Among his successes was promoting the implementation
of merit selection for New York State's highest court, producing
the nationally renowned Court of Appeals we enjoy today.