Abby Milstein

Abby Milstein

Abby S. Milstein is a founding partner in the law firm of Constantine Cannon, P.C. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University (Radcliffe), where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.

Formerly, Abby was an Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and subsequently Director of Legal Writing and Moot Court at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, where she was an adjunct professor.

Abby is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York Public Library. She chairs the Executive Committee of the Board and serves on many other Library committees. For 15 years, she chaired or co-chaired the Library’s Literary Luncheon. She was Co-Chair of the New York State Regents Commission on Library Services and has served as a member of the Cornell University Library Council. She is an inaugural member of the Cambridge University Library Advisory Committee.

Longtime Chair of the Board of the New York Legal Assistance Group, Abby has also served as a Trustee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc. and has been Secretary and Chair of the Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. She chairs the Governor’s Judicial Selection Committee for the 1st Judicial Department of New York. She is an inaugural member of the Poverty Justice Advisory Board.

Abby serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School. Also at Harvard, Abby is a member of the Law School Visiting Committee and Visiting Committee for the University Libraries. She has been a Harvard University Schools Committee interviewer and is a member of the Harvard Committee on University Resources.

She sits on the Board of the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation. For 13 years she was a Commissioner on the New York City Public Design Commission. Abby was a Trustee at the National Humanities Center and a member of the Cornell University Arts and Sciences Advisory Council.

She is a former Trustee of Riverdale Country School, The Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, and the Associated YM&YWHAs of New York. At the American Jewish Committee, she is a member of the Women’s Campaign Board and sat on the National Leadership Council.

Abby S. Milstein is married to Howard P. Milstein and they have a son, Michael.


NYLAG 2011 Abby Milstein video

Abby Milstein speaks at the New York Legal Assistance Group’s 2011 gala, at which she was honored with the Visionary of Justice Award.


Abby Milstein speaks at the 2013 Spring Dinner for Education, introduced by New York Public Library President and CEO Anthony Marx. Remarks by Howard Milstein close the video.


Abby Milstein speaks at the dedication of the Milstein Conference Center at Harvard Law School. She is introduced by Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School.

This video talks about Abby Milstein’s unwavering commitment to public service and her leadership role on projects related to NYLAG, New York Public Library, New York City Art Commission, and others.