Contact: Andrew Rush
June 21, 2007
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION ENDORSES GOVERNOR SPITZER’S MERIT SELECTION PLAN
Calls for the Legislature to Act on Needed Reforms to the Judicial Selection Process
With the legislative session nearing conclusion, the New York State
Bar Association today officially endorsed Governor Eliot Spitzer’s
proposed constitutional amendment to reform the judicial selection
process in New York State and enact a merit selection system for
selecting judges. In a letter sent to the legislature today, the
association called for immediate action on this vitally important
Madigan concluded, “We applaud Governor Spitzer for putting forward a constitutional amendment to implement merit selection of judges and we urge the Legislature to approve the Governor’s proposal. New York has an historic opportunity to implement true reform, now is the time to seize it.”
A copy of the New York State Bar Association’s letter to the legislature is attached, or can be viewed on the association’s web site, www.nysba.org.
The 72,000 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, NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.