Contact: Mark Mahoney
Associate Director, Media Services & Public
May 16, 2012
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT VINCENT E.
URGES ATTORNEYS TO APPLY FOR COURT OF APPEALS VACANCY
State Bar President Vincent E. Doyle III is encouraging
New York’s brightest legal minds to consider a seat on the
state’s highest court.
Doyle spoke today in Rochester at a session hosted by the state
Commission on Judicial Nomination. He joined former Chief Judge
Judith S. Kaye in seeking a large and diverse pool of candidates for an
upcoming vacancy on the seven-member Court of Appeals.
“Our courts should reflect our communities, and our highest
court should reflect the diverse character of our state, and the
increasing diversity in our profession and our society,” said
Doyle of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo). “Whether your experience
is in the public sector, private practice, academia, indigent legal
services or any other practice setting, your expertise could be an
enormous asset to our judiciary.”
Over the next several months, the commission will consider
nominations to replace Associate Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, the
court’s senior judge, who is leaving at the end of the year
because she has reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Doyle said the new associate judge will have big shoes to fill,
calling Ciparick “a brilliant jurist whose combination of legal
expertise, fairness and compassion has been a tremendous asset to our
judiciary and the people of New York state.”
There are only two requirements for a seat on the Court of Appeals:
the applicant must be a New York resident and admitted to practice law
in New York for at least 10 years. Judicial experience is not
required. Nor do candidates need to be practicing attorneys.
However, they should reflect “not only legal excellence, but
collegiality and a commitment to consensus-building,” according to
Judges are appointed to 14-year terms. In the next five years, five
other Court of Appeals judges reach the mandatory retirement age.
The process is much like that for any other job. Candidates fill out
a short questionnaire and submit a resume, cover letter, work samples
and references to the commission, which then decides whom to
After an extensive outreach that includes public meetings in Albany,
Rochester and New York City and active solicitation and review of
potential candidates, the commission will submit a list of three to
seven candidates to Gov. Andrew Cuomo by Dec. 1. Early next year, the
governor will nominate a final candidate from that list, who must be
confirmed by the state Senate.
For more information on the application process, interested
candidates are encouraged to visit the State of New York Commission on
Judicial Nomination website at www.nysegov.com/cjn.
The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest
voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in