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June 11, 2008

STATEMENT FROM THE NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION ON JUDICIAL COMPENSATION

Today State Supreme Court Justice Edward Lehner ordered the Governor, Senate and Assembly to raise the pay of New York's judges. In response to this news, New York State Bar Association President Bernice K. Leber (Arent Fox LLP) issued the following statement.

"While it is the policy of our Association not to comment on pending litigation and no final determination on this case has been made, it once again raises the issue of judicial compensation. Our Association has worked tirelessly in support of a fair judicial pay increase and it remains our top legislative priority. New York's judges have gone nearly a decade without so much as a cost of living increase -- the longest stretch of any state in the nation. With the legislative session winding down, the Governor, Senate and Assembly need to come together and provide our judges with the long overdue pay raise they deserve."

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