Press Releases


PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2017


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. 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 each candidate's background and qualifications, and each candidate participated in a personal interview with the IJEQC. The IJEQC for the Third Judicial District today announced the following ratings for candidates for judicial offices within the Third Judicial District:

Judge of the County Court of Rensselaer County
Jennifer G. Sober - Qualified

Judge of the Albany City Court
John J. Reilly - Qualified

Holly A. Trexler - 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
July 6, 2017

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. 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 the candidate's background and qualifications, and the candidate participated in a personal interview with the IJEQC. The IJEQC for the Sixth Judicial District today announced the following rating for a candidate for a judicial office within the Sixth Judicial District:

Judge of the County, Family and Surrogate's Courts of Cortland County

David C. Alexander - 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 23, 2017

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 600 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 28, 2017 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 Michael C. Lynch, Christine M. Clark, Robert C. Mulvey and Sharon A.M. Aarons.

Presiding Justice Peters stated that the Court is very pleased that Hon. Michael J. Garcia, Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals, 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 June 28 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, several pro bono scholars are slated for admission on June 28.

Based upon their current residence addresses, applicants from New York and at least 37 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 34 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vietnam. The Third Department is responsible for the admission of all out-of-state applicants and applicants from other countries.

The ceremony on June 28 is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For further information, please contact Robert D. Mayberger (518-471-4777) or Daniel C. Brennan of the Admissions Office (518-471-4734).

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2017

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, recently announced that a regular session of the Appellate Division will be held in Broome County.  The Court will sit in the Broome County Courthouse in Binghamton on Friday, June 2, 2017 commencing at 9:30 a.m.  The calendar will consist of oral arguments in a variety of civil and criminal cases.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend this session.

In addition to Presiding Justice Peters, the five-judge panel at the Broome County session will include Justice Elizabeth A. Garry of Chenango County, Justice John C. Egan Jr. of Albany County, Justice Robert S. Rose of Broome County and Justice Robert C. Mulvey of Tompkins County.

Presiding Justice Peters announced that, prior to the commencement of the session, the Court will honor Associate Justice Robert S. Rose.  Justice Rose will retire this year after serving more than 17 years on the Appellate Division, Third Department, making him the longest serving Justice from Broome County in the 121-year history of the Court.  Justice Rose is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Albany Law School.  He began his judicial career in 1987 upon his election as a Justice of the Supreme Court for the Sixth Judicial District.  He was reelected to that office in 2001.  Justice Rose has been an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department since March 2, 2000.

Five other jurists who have been members of the Appellate Division, Third Department have hailed from Broome County:  George F. Lyon (1912-1919), Leon C. Rhodes (1931-1939), Martin W. Deyo (1948-1951), Robert O. Brink (1966), and Louis M. Greenblott (1969-1980).

This will be the fourth time that the Appellate Division, Third Department has conducted a regular session of Court in Broome County.  The Court first heard appeals in the County in April 1996.  The Court returned to Broome County again in April 1997, and last sat there in April 2006.

The Appellate Division, Third Department hears appeals from all trial level courts in the 28 counties within the Court's geographical jurisdiction.  The Appellate Division, Third Department includes the Third Judicial District (Counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster), the Fourth Judicial District (Counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington) and the Sixth Judicial District (Counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tompkins and Tioga).

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2017

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 540 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 19, 2017 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. Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, 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 19 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, Puerto Rico and 19 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, 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 19 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
February 18, 2016

The Governor appointed Supreme Court Justices Sharon A.M. Aarons and Robert C. Mulvey to fill two vacancies on the Appellate Division-Third Department. The Third Department covers twenty-eight counties in the Eastern and Northern portions of Upstate New York, ranging from the mid-Hudson Valley to the Canadian Border and as far as west as Schuyler and Chemung counties in the Southern Tier.

Honorable Sharon A.M. Aarons
Justice Aarons has been a jurist since 2004 when she was first elected to Bronx Civil Court. In 2009, she was elected as a Supreme Court Justice for the 12th Judicial District, where she currently presides. Before her election to the bench, Justice Aarons served as a Principal Law Clerk for both the Honorable Lee L. Holzman, a Bronx Surrogate Court Judge, and the Honorable Alexander W. Hunter, Jr., a Supreme Court Justice in the Bronx. In addition, she also was an Associate Attorney with Law Offices of William A. Gallina and began her legal career as a Trial Attorney with the Legal Aid Society. Justice Aarons continues to be actively involved in a wide variety of professional and community organizations, including serving as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Highbridge Advisory Council Family Services, Inc. since 2008 and as past President for the Black Bar Association of Bronx County. She is an Adjunct Professor at both Bronx Community College and Pace University Law School, where she also continues to Coach their Mock and Moot Competition Trial Teams. Justice Aarons received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from New York University in 1986 and J.D. from City University of New York School of Law in 1989.

Honorable Robert C. Mulvey
Justice Mulvey was elected a Justice to the New York State Supreme Court for the Sixth Judicial District in 2000, where he currently serves as the Administrative Judge for the district as well. Prior to his election to the bench, Justice Mulvey’s legal experience has been a combination of both private practice and public service. He served as Legislative Counsel for New York State Senator James L. Seward, as an Assistant District Attorney in Tompkins County and as the Tompkins County Attorney. In addition, he was Partner with the Albanese & Mulvey Law Firm and also an Associate with Mulvey Law Firm. Justice Mulvey has been a member of the Advisory Board on Judicial Ethics since 2006.

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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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