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Commission to meet on COA nominations

The state Commission on Judicial Nomination has scheduled three spring meetings to evaluate candidates to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals.

Senior Associate Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick will be leaving the bench at the end of the year, as required by the state Constitution; judges of the state’s highest court must retire at the end of the year in which they turn age 70.

Judge Ciparick has held judicial office for more than 30 years and has served on the Court of Appeals with distinction since 1993, according to a release.

“She is rightly regarded by the bench, bar and public as a jurist of inestimable competence, character and commitment,” the release says. “All New Yorkers owe Judge Ciparick a profound debt of gratitude for her extraordinary contribution to the law.”

Candidates must be attorneys, admitted to practice in New York state for at least 10 years. The commission will review qualified candidates and make a recommendation to the governor.

As part of its process of identifying and nominating potential successors, it will conduct meetings around the state to discuss the requirements for the position and the commission’s procedures and rules for submitting recommendations.

Hon. Judith Kaye

The meetings, which are open to the public, will be hosted by Commission Chair Judith S. Kaye, former chief judge of the Court of Appeals, joined by prominent representatives of the bench, bar and state government.

The meetings will be:

• May 8 — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the New York State Bar Association, 1 Elk St., Albany.

• May 16 — 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., the Michael A. Telesca Center for Justice, One W. Main St., Rochester.

• June 19 — 6 to 7:30 p.m., New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St., New York City.

It is not necessary to register in advance to attend. Anyone wishing to receive copies of future commission press releases, please provide an email or mailing address to: Commission on Judicial Nomination, Attn: Stephen P. Younger, Commission Counsel, c/o Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10023; or to:

The commission will register the address and make every effort to distribute its future press releases in the designated manner.