Communications Office:
David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
(212) 428-2500

Date: June 6, 2000

Seal of the Unified Court System
Peter Zimroth Named to Board of Directors for
NY State Capital Defender Office
NEW YORK - Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye announced today the appointment of Peter L. Zimroth to the New York State Capital Defender Office's Board of Directors. The three-member board is currently chaired by Christopher Stone, who was appointed by State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, while John T. Casey, appointed by Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, serves as the third member of the board. Mr. Zimroth will be replacing former Court of Appeals Judge Richard D. Simons, who has served on the board for the past three years and who is now a member of the Statewide Commission on Fiduciary Appointments.

The Capital Defender Office is authorized by law to coordinate representation of criminal defendants charged with capital crimes who are unable to afford counsel. The Board of Directors appoints a Capital Defender, sets policy and oversees the general operation of the office.

Chief Judge Kaye said, "Peter Zimroth has a comprehensive view of the criminal justice system based on decades of experience as a law professor,  prosecutor, private litigator and advocate for indigent defendants. I am confident that his extensive background in criminal law will help ensure that New York's Capital Defender Office continues to be regarded as among the best in the country and am delighted that Mr. Zimroth has accepted this appointment. I would also like to recognize the contributions of Judge Simons, who has provided invaluable expertise to the Capital Defender Board for the past three years and is now leaving this position to serve on the Statewide Commission on Fiduciary Appointments. I thank Judge Simons for his distinguished service on the board and am pleased that the justice system will continue to benefit from his wealth of knowledge and experience in this new capacity."

Mr. Zimroth, a partner at Arnold & Porter, has had extensive experience in the field of criminal law, including serving as Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, Chief Assistant and Chief of the Appeals Bureau in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. A graduate of Yale Law School and Columbia College, Mr. Zimroth was formerly a law professor at New York University Law School. He chaired the Criminal Procedure Committee for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District, and key committees of both the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as well as having served on former Mayor Koch's Committee on the Judiciary and the Criminal Procedure Law Advisory Committee of the State Judicial Conference. Mr. Zimroth is currently on the Legal Aid Society's board of directors and previously served on the board of directors for the Committee for Modern Courts, Volunteers of Legal Services and the Executive Committee of the City Bar Association.