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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2016

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 725 people are scheduled to be sworn in as newly admitted members of the New York State Bar by the Court at a ceremony at noon on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York.

The members of the Court presiding at the ceremony will include Presiding Justice Peters and Associate Justices Elizabeth A. Garry, John C. Egan Jr., Michael C. Lynch and Eugene P. Devine.

Presiding Justice Peters stated that the Court is very pleased that Alphonso David, Counsel to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, will be in attendance and will address the new attorneys.

Robert D. Mayberger, Clerk of the Court, will administer the constitutional oath of office to the applicants.

All of the new attorneys who will be sworn in on January 21 have passed the New York State Bar examination and will have been approved for admission by the Third Department's Committees on Character and Fitness.

Applicants from at least 31 states, the District of Columbia, and 18 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. The Third Department is responsible for the admission of all out-of-state applicants and applicants from other countries.

The ceremony on January 21 is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For further information, please contact Mr. Mayberger (518-471-4777) or Daniel C. Brennan of the Admissions Office (518-471-4734).

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2016

Presiding Justice Karen K. Peters announced today that, beginning on January 7, 2016, oral arguments of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department will be broadcast live on the Internet through the Court's website. This live stream of the Court's oral arguments can be accessed by simply clicking on the icon found on the home page of the Court's website, located at:

http://www.courts.state.ny.us/ad3/

Located in Albany, New York, the Appellate Division, Third Department hears oral arguments in the Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice, a building which is part of the Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in the State's capital. This live streaming of the Court's oral arguments on January 7th will take place just shy of 120 years from when the Appellate Division, Third Department heard its first case on January 14, 1896. Oral arguments at the Appellate Division, Third Department are typically scheduled for two weeks every month, with the Court's January term continuing through Thursday, January 14, 2016. There is usually one session of oral arguments each day, beginning at either 9:30 a.m or 1:00 p.m.

According to Presiding Justice Peters, "The Appellate Division, Third Department is pleased to be able to facilitate this access to the public. In a Department as geographically expansive as the Third Department, which includes 28 counties and includes just over one half of the State's land area, being able to provide this live Internet web stream of the Court's oral arguments is especially important and furthers our goal of making the Court accessible to the public we serve."

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2015

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, recently announced that a regular court session of the Appellate Division will be held at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York, on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

The October 22nd session will consist of oral arguments in a variety of civil and criminal cases. The court session will be conducted in the school's MacDonald Moot Court Room and commences at 9:30 A.M. Students, faculty and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend the session.

Presiding Justice Peters stated that the Court believes that conducting sessions at Cornell Law School "will give students a greater opportunity to observe the appellate process first hand." After the court session, the Court will entertain questions about the court process.

The Court has periodically conducted sessions at Cornell Law School, starting in 1996, the Court's centennial year.

Robert D. Mayberger, Clerk of the Court, indicated that the four-judge panel assigned to the October 22nd session will be Presiding Justice Peters of Ulster County, and Associate Justices Elizabeth A. Garry of Chenango County, Robert S. Rose of Broome County, and Christine M. Clark of Schenectady County.

For further information, please contact Mr. Mayberger (518-471-4777).

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2015


Pursuant to part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (IJEQCs) have been established in each of the judicial districts of New York State. The IJEQCs are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. Each IJEQC is charged with the responsibility of evaluating the qualifications of candidates, within its respective judicial district, who voluntarily submit a questionnaire and are seeking election to the following courts in New York: Supreme, County, Surrogate's, Family and City. Each IJEQC has 15 members appointed by the Chief Judge, the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions, the New York State Bar Association, and local bar associations. The IJEQCs are comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyers and represent a wide cross-section of the communities that they serve.

The IJEQCs' role is to determine whether candidates are "Highly Qualified," "Qualified" or "Not Qualified" for the judicial office to which they seek election. The criteria for evaluation include: professional ability; character, independence and integrity; reputation for fairness and lack of bias; and temperament, including courtesy and patience. Candidates found Highly Qualified must be preeminent members of the legal profession in their community; have outstanding professional ability, work ethic, intellect, judgment and breadth of experience relevant to the office being sought; possess the highest reputation for honesty, integrity and good character, including the absence of any significant professional disciplinary record; and either demonstrate or exhibit the highest capacity for distinguished judicial temperament, including courtesy, patience, independence, impartiality and respect for all participants in the legal process.

In the Fourth Judicial District, which encompasses the Counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington, the evaluation process included an investigation of each candidate's background and qualifications, and each candidate participated in a personal interview with the IJEQC. The IJEQC for the Fourth Judicial District today announced the following rating for candidates for judicial offices within the Fourth Judicial District:

Justice of the Supreme Court
Mark W. Blanchfield - Highly Qualified

Judge of the County, Family and Surrogate's Courts of Essex County
Richard B. Meyer - Qualified

The IJEQC for the Fourth Judicial District previously announced the following ratings for candidates for judicial offices within the Fourth Judicial District:

Justice of the Supreme Court
Martin D. Auffredou - Qualified
Mary M. Farley - Highly Qualified

Judge of the County and Surrogate's Courts of Fulton County
Louise K. Sira - Qualified

Judge of the Family Court of Warren County
Paulette M. Kershko - Highly Qualified

For further information regarding the evaluation process, please visit the IJEQC web page at http://nycourts.gov/ad3 and follow the links to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions or contact Timothy P. O'Keefe, Director, at the address above, by telephone at (518) 285-8571, or by email at tokeefe@nycourts.gov.

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2015


Pursuant to part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (IJEQCs) have been established in each of the judicial districts of New York State. The IJEQCs are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. Each IJEQC is charged with the responsibility of evaluating the qualifications of candidates, within its respective judicial district, who voluntarily submit a questionnaire and are seeking election to the following courts in New York: Supreme, County, Surrogate's, Family and City. Each IJEQC has 15 members appointed by the Chief Judge, the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions, the New York State Bar Association, and local bar associations. The IJEQCs are comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyers and represent a wide cross-section of the communities that they serve.

The IJEQCs' role is to determine whether candidates are "Highly Qualified," "Qualified" or "Not Qualified" for the judicial office to which they seek election. The criteria for evaluation include: professional ability; character, independence and integrity; reputation for fairness and lack of bias; and temperament, including courtesy and patience. Candidates found Highly Qualified must be preeminent members of the legal profession in their community; have outstanding professional ability, work ethic, intellect, judgment and breadth of experience relevant to the office being sought; possess the highest reputation for honesty, integrity and good character, including the absence of any significant professional disciplinary record; and either demonstrate or exhibit the highest capacity for distinguished judicial temperament, including courtesy, patience, independence, impartiality and respect for all participants in the legal process.

In the Third Judicial District, which encompasses the Counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster, the evaluation process included an investigation of the candidate's background and qualifications, and the candidate participated in a personal interview with the IJEQC. The IJEQC for the Third Judicial District today announced the following rating for a candidate for a judicial office within the Third Judicial District:

Justice of the Supreme Court
Norman C. Massry - Qualified

The IJEQC for the Third Judicial District previously announced the following rating for a candidate for a judicial office within the Third Judicial District:

Judge of the Family Court of Ulster County
Anthony McGinty - Highly Qualified

For further information regarding the evaluation process, please visit the IJEQC web page at http://nycourts.gov/ad3 and follow the links to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions or contact Timothy P. O'Keefe, Director, at the address above, by telephone at (518) 285-8571, or by email at tokeefe@nycourts.gov.

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2015


Pursuant to part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (IJEQCs) have been established in each of the judicial districts of New York State. The IJEQCs are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. Each IJEQC is charged with the responsibility of evaluating the qualifications of candidates, within its respective judicial district, who voluntarily submit a questionnaire and are seeking election to the following courts in New York: Supreme, County, Surrogate's, Family and City. Each IJEQC has 15 members appointed by the Chief Judge, the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions, the New York State Bar Association, and local bar associations. The IJEQCs are comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyers and represent a wide cross-section of the communities that they serve.

The IJEQCs' role is to determine whether candidates are "Highly Qualified," "Qualified" or "Not Qualified" for the judicial office to which they seek election. The criteria for evaluation include: professional ability; character, independence and integrity; reputation for fairness and lack of bias; and temperament, including courtesy and patience. Candidates found Highly Qualified must be preeminent members of the legal profession in their community; have outstanding professional ability, work ethic, intellect, judgment and breadth of experience relevant to the office being sought; possess the highest reputation for honesty, integrity and good character, including the absence of any significant professional disciplinary record; and either demonstrate or exhibit the highest capacity for distinguished judicial temperament, including courtesy, patience, independence, impartiality and respect for all participants in the legal process.

In the Sixth Judicial District, which encompasses the Counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins, the evaluation process included an investigation of each candidate's background and qualifications, and each candidate participated in a personal interview with the IJEQC. The IJEQC for the Sixth Judicial District today announced the following rating for candidates for judicial offices within the Sixth Judicial District:

Judge of the Family Court of Delaware County
Gary A. Rosa - Qualified

Judge of the County, Family and Surrogate's Courts of Madison County
Suzanne Knight DeBottis - Qualified

The IJEQC for the Sixth Judicial District previously announced the following rating for candidates for judicial offices within the Sixth Judicial District:

Judge of the Family Court of Delaware County
Porter L. Kirkwood - Qualified

Judge of the Oneonta City Court
Lucy P. Bernier - Highly Qualified

For further information regarding the evaluation process, please visit the IJEQC web page at http://nycourts.gov/ad3 and follow the links to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions or contact Timothy P. O'Keefe, Director, at the address above, by telephone at (518) 285-8571, or by email at tokeefe@nycourts.gov.

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2015

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 537 people are scheduled to be sworn in as newly admitted members of the New York State Bar by the Court at a ceremony at noon on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York.

The members of the Court presiding at the ceremony will include Presiding Justice Peters and Associate Justices William E. McCarthy, John C. Egan Jr., and Michael C. Lynch.

Presiding Justice Peters stated that the Court is very pleased that Glenn Lau-Kee, Esq., Immediate Past President, New York State Bar Association, will be in attendance and will address the new attorneys.

Justice Egan will administer the constitutional oath of office to the applicants.

All of the new attorneys who will be sworn in on June 24 have passed the New York State Bar examination or have satisfied the motion admission requirements and will have been approved for admission by the Third Department's Committees on Character and Fitness. In addition, ten (10) pro bono scholars are slated for admission on June 24, the first group of pro bono scholars admitted by the Third Department.

Based upon their current residence addresses, applicants from at least 27 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 26 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. The Third Department is responsible for the admission of all out-of-state applicants and applicants from other countries.

The ceremony on June 24 is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For further information, please contact Robert D. Mayberger, the Clerk of the Court (518-471-4777), or Daniel C. Brennan of the Admissions Office (518-471-4734).

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2015

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 750 people are scheduled to be sworn in as newly admitted members of the New York State Bar by the Court at a ceremony at noon on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York.

The members of the Court presiding at the ceremony will include Presiding Justice Peters and Associate Justices Elizabeth A. Garry, Michael C. Lynch, Eugene P. Devine and Christine M. Clark.

Presiding Justice Peters stated that the Court is very pleased that Hon. A. Gail Prudenti, Chief Administive Judge of the Courts of New York State, will be in attendance and will address the new attorneys.

Presiding Justice Peters also announced that Justice Clark will administer the Constitutional oath of office to the applicants.

All of the new attorneys who will be sworn in on January 22 have passed the New York State Bar examination and will have been approved for admission by the Third Department’s Committees on Character and Fitness.

Applicants from at least 39 States, the District of Columbia, and 19 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The Third Department is responsible for the admission of out-of-state applicants and applicants from other countries.

The ceremony on January 22 is open to the public and all are invited and encouraged to attend. For further information, please contact Robert D. Mayberger, the Clerk of the Court (518- 471-4777), or Daniel C. Brennan of the Admissions Office (518-471-4734).

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