State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Sharon Stern Gerstman today lauded the
appointments of the Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman as presiding justice of the
Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department and the Honorable
Elizabeth A. Garry as presiding justice for the Appellate Division for the
Third Judicial Department.
Garry and Scheinkman bring to these important leadership positions years of
experience in the judiciary and private practice, as well as important
contributions to NYSBA, and we are confident that these appointments will
benefit the court system and all New Yorkers,” Gerstman said.
particularly pleased that Justice Garry will be making history as New York
State’s first LGBTQ presiding justice, yet another indication that all New
Yorkers are equal under the law,” Gerstman added.
presiding justice for each New York Judicial Department leads the Appellate
Court and also serves as the Department's chief administrator, overseeing the
Committees on Professional Standards and Character and Fitness, Mental Hygiene
Legal Services, the Office of Attorneys for Children and other functions. The
four presiding justices, along with Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, comprise the
Administrative Board of the Courts, shaping statewide policy throughout New
Department comprises a 10-county downstate region including Kings, Queens, and
Richmond counties, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley. The Third
Department encompasses 28 counties in eastern and northern upstate New York,
spanning the mid-Hudson Valley to the Canadian Border and as far west as
Schuyler and Chemung counties in the Southern Tier.
72,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar
association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.
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