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Date: March 29, 2001

Seal of the Unified Court System
Jacqueline Silberman Named Supreme Court Administrative Judge
NEW YORK - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the appointment of Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann as Administrative Judge for the Supreme Court, Civil Term, in the First Judicial District. The appointment, which is effective immediately, was made with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and in consultation with Hon. Joseph P. Sullivan, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department.

Justice Silbermann will replace Hon. Stephen G. Crane, who has been appointed to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Second Department, as well as continue in her current position as the Statewide Administrative Judge for Matrimonial Matters.

Judge Lippman said, "Justice Silbermann has been an accomplished and highly respected jurist  for almost two decades within the New York State court system. Over three-quarters of that time, she has also served in an administrative capacity, as supervising or administrative judge for New York City courts, as well as on a statewide level. Her superb skills as a judge, her proven track record as an administrator and the respect she engenders from both the bench and bar make her ideally suited to head the busiest court of civil superior jurisdiction in the state. I am greatly appreciative that Justice Silbermann has accepted this critical post and am confident that she will meet the challenges of this new assignment with the same enthusiasm and impressive ability she has exhibited throughout her distinguished judicial career."

Justice Silbermann began her judicial tenure in 1983 when she was elected to the Civil Court in New York County, later becoming the Supervising Judge of that court. In 1986 she was designated an Acting Supreme Court Justice and three years later became the Administrative Judge of the New York City Civil Court, the first woman to hold that post. Justice Silbermann was elected to the Supreme Court in 1990 and has been serving as the Statewide Administrative Judge for Matrimonial Matters since 1996. She chairs the Committee to Track Matrimonial Rules and is a board member on several organizations, including Fordham Law School, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, New York Women's Bar Association, New York State Association of Women Judges and the Metropolitan Women's Bar Association. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law and Bryn Mawr College, Judge Silbermann has been the recipient of the Harlan Fiske Stone Award, the Benjamin N. Cardozo Award and the President's Award of the Women's Bar Association.
Judge Lippman announced two other appointments within the Supreme Court, First District, today, designating Supreme Court Justices Richard B. Lowe, III, and Karla Moskowitz to the Commercial Division of that court. Justice Lowe was first elected to the New York State Supreme Court bench in 1987 and Justice Moskowitz in 1991.