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February 11, 2009

STATE BAR ASSOCIATION COMMENDS STATE SENATE CONFIRMATION OF NEW CHIEF JUDGE JONATHAN LIPPMAN

New York State Bar Association President Bernice K. Leber (Arent Fox LLP) today praised the members of the New York State Senate for confirming Judge Jonathan Lippman as the 23rd Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

Leber said, "Judge Lippman's strong leadership, outstanding character, and steadfast commitment to implementing positive reforms has transformed our justice system and greatly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of New York's courts.  His command for the law and extraordinary ability to work with all groups to build consensus are tremendous assets that will assist his efforts to ensure equal access to justice for all citizens.  I enthusiastically applaud the State Senate for confirming Judge Lippman today and look forward to working with him in his new role as Chief Judge.  I also would like to pay particular thanks to Senator John L. Sampson, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for his leadership in the confirmation process and especially during the committee hearing this morning." 

For more information, please visit www.nysba.org/chiefjudgetestimony to view President Leber's remarks in support of Chief Judge Lippman, which were delivered today in Albany at his confirmation hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

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The 76,000-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.