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David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
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Date: July 6, 2000

Seal of the Unified Court System
Thomas Van Strydonck Named 7th District
Administrative Judge
Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the appointment of Hon. Thomas M. Van Strydonck as Administrative Judge for the Seventh Judicial District. The appointment, which is effective immediately, was made by Judge Lippman with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and in consultation with Hon. Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

Judge Lippman said, "Justice Van Strydonck is a highly respected member of the Seventh Judicial District's legal community. He has been an outstanding practicing lawyer for many years and, since 1998, an enormously skilled, fair, and productive jurist. A former President of the Monroe County Bar Association and many other organizations, Judge Van Strydonck has demonstrated great leadership ability throughout his professional career, as well as in numerous civic pursuits. I am pleased that he has accepted this important assignment and am confident that Justice Van Strydonck will bring credit to the court system as Administrative Judge."

Justice Van Strydonck began his Supreme Court tenure in 1998, after almost two decades at a 14-attorney firm, where he served as managing partner during the last seven years. Prior to that, he was a trial lawyer at the Monroe County District Attorney's Office and served in the military both as a Division Officer in the U.S. Navy and a Commanding Officer, overseeing five Naval Reserve units. Justice Van Strydonck has led a number of organizations as president, including the Monroe County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services, Pre-Trial Release Services, Adam Walsh Child Resource Center and the Monroe County Bar Foundation, and was a board member of the Veteran's Outreach Center. Commended by the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys for his sensitivity to issues involving women and minorities, Justice Van Strydonck was a lecturer at the Rape Crisis Center and Monroe Community College.

In his new position, Justice Van Strydonck replaces Hon. L. Paul Kehoe, who was appointed to the Appellate Division in the Fourth Department earlier this year.

Judge Lippman added, "I want to express my gratitude to Justice Kehoe for his outstanding service as Administrative Judge for the Seventh District over the past several years. Judge Kehoe was an innovative and resourceful administrator, who introduced new efficiencies in court operations during his tenure, which greatly enhanced the district's productivity. I would also like to thank Justice Donald Mark, who has been serving as the interim Administrative Judge since Judge Kehoe's appointment to the Appellate Division, for his willingness to step in during a period of transition."