December 4, 2008
STATEMENT BY BERNICE K. LEBER, PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
Judicial Nomination Process
The New York State Bar
Association believes that the process by which
Although there are no current women nominees, the commission has made many recommendations of women and minorities over the years. The fact that the present court has a majority of women is a testament to those efforts.
The commission is
At the same time, we
encourage all parties to look for ways to increase the number of
qualified applicants who seek appointment, including those who are not
judges. We encourage all those involved in the selection process
including the Governor, the Commission, those who select
the members of the Commission and bar associations
The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, the Association's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.