December 22, 2008
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION RELEASES RATINGS OF CANDIDATES FOR COURT OF APPEALS CHIEF JUDGE VACANCY
New York State Bar Association President Bernice K. Leber of New York
(Arent Fox LLP) today announced that the State Bar’s ratings for
the seven candidates under consideration for Chief Judge of the New York
Court of Appeals are complete and have been sent to Governor David
Paterson. By law, the Governor must make his appointment between January
1, 2009 and January 15, 2009.
George F. Carpinello,
Hon. Steven W.
Hon. Theodore T. Jones,
Hon. Eugene F. Pigott,
Peter L. Zimroth,
Esq. Well Qualified
The ratings were prepared by the State Bar’s Committee to Review Judicial Nominations chaired by Past President A. Vincent Buzard of Rochester (Harris Beach PLLC). The committee considered professional ability, experience, character, temperament, and other qualities in arriving at a determination for each candidate. Each candidate’s qualifications and background were thoroughly examined by a subcommittee. Personal interviews were then conducted before the entire statewide committee. Members had the option of rating each candidate as either “Well-Qualified,” “Qualified,” or “Not Qualified.”
According to State Bar guidelines, “Qualified” applies to candidates who, in the committee’s opinion, have demonstrated the necessary qualifications for the office while, “Well Qualified” is reserved for those who possess preeminent qualifications.
The State Bar has been evaluating candidates for the state’s highest tribunal since 1967. Its recommendations traditionally have been taken into consideration by the state’s chief executive. The Commission on Judicial Nomination was created in 1978 to evaluate and recommend candidates for appointment to the Court of Appeals.
The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.
A copy of Leber’s letter to Governor Paterson is available at the State Bar’s Web site at www.nysba.org/judicialratings.