William K. Peirez of Great Neck, N.Y., Re-Elected Chief Justice of the B'nai B'rith Court of Appeals
William K. Peirez of Great Neck, N.Y., was re-elected as chief justice of the B’nai B’rith Court of Appeals by the Board of Governors at its annual meeting.
Peirez, who joined B’nai B’rith International 49 years ago, had served as acting chief justice since April 2008 and was elected to his first term in December 2009. Prior to that he was a judge under the two most recent presidents. The B’nai B’rith Court of Appeals oversees internal disputes.
Peirez also serves as president of the B’nai B’rith MetroNorth region, and has been a longtime member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee.
During his nearly five decades of service, Peirez has held a wide range of positions at B’nai B’rith, including chairing the Evaluation and Monitoring Committee and the B’nai B’rith Camps Committee. He’s been B’nai B’rith’s liaison to a committee of regional and community leaders, and has served as an international vice president.
In 1980, Peirez won the prestigious Label A. Katz Outstanding Young Leader Award, which is given to individuals under 45 who have demonstrated outstanding service to the totality of B'nai B'rith and have worked to achieve the goals of the B'nai B'rith Young Leadership program. Peirez served on a committee to help choose the 2009 Label A. Katz winners.
Outside of his B’nai B’rith duties, Peirez is a retired attorney who specialized in real estate, landlord and tenant law, contracts, corporate law, partnership law, buying and selling of businesses and wills. He graduated from Boston University and Brooklyn Law School.
Peirez also served as a member of the New York Society for the Deaf and the Good Samaritan Foundation board of directors. Peirez has been active in Temple Beth El in Great Neck and was president of the Allenwood Little League and chairman of the Great Neck School Board Prejudice Reduction Committee. Peirez has been married since 1966 and has three children and five grandchildren.
Joining Peirez in B’nai B’rith’s leadership administration under re-elected President Allan J. Jacobs are senior vice presidents Ira Bartfield, Arlington, Va.; Leon Birbragher, Bogota, Colombia; Daniel Citone, Rome; Haim Katz, Jerusalem; Charles Kaufman, Austin, Texas; Rosalind Klein, Northridge, Calif.; Treasurer Seth. J. Riklin, Sugar Land, Texas; and Chairman of the Executive Committee Gary P. Saltzman, Centennial, Colo.