Former Manhattan assistant D.A. elected board chair; three other officers selected


A former Senior Vice President of a major insurer and Assistant District Attorney of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Kim Dean Hogrefe (pictured above) has been elected Chair of our Board of Trustees.

Hogrefe was among four board officers elected for the 2017-18 term at the trustees’ meeting in Reno, Nevada, in June. The others are: Sandra S. Yamate, chair-elect; J. Matthew Martin, secretary; and Peter Bennett, treasurer.

“These four individuals represent four different areas of the law and have each demonstrated their dedication to the College’s mission of advancing justice through judicial education,” said NJC President Benes Z. Aldana. “We are in good hands with their leadership of our board.”

Hogrefe, a lawyer who lives in the Greater New York City area, joined the College’s board in 2013 and was named chair-elect in 2016. Hogrefe worked for property and casualty insurer Chubb & Son for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2016 as Worldwide Claim Technical Officer.

Chair-elect Yamate, a trustee since 2014, serves as chief executive officer of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, an organization dedicated to creating diversity and inclusivity in the legal profession. Previously, she was the director of the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the first executive director of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms.

Secretary Martin, an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration in Asheville, North Carolina, joined the board in 2012. He first attended the College in 2002 before receiving a master’s in judicial studies through the NJC and the University of Nevada, Reno. Martin also serves as the first ABA Tribal Courts Fellow.

Treasurer Bennett, an attorney from Portland, Maine, has been a member of the board since 2014. He also currently serves as managing partner of The Bennett Law Firm, which focuses on labor and employment law in the eastern United States.

The 21-member Board of Trustees sets policy and provides leadership in achieving the College’s mission. Members come from diverse fields, including the law and the judiciary, as well as business and corporate areas.

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