In an effort to demystify the selection process for judges of New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, the Commission on Judicial Nomination will host an informational meeting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, at the New York State Bar Association.
As of Jan. 1, 2016, a vacancy on the court will exist due to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s mandatory retirement by reason of age. Under the state Constitution, judges of the court must retire at the end of the year in which they turn 70. Judge Lippman hit that milestone May 19.
As part of the commission’s process of identifying and recommending candidates to fill vacancies on the court, the commission conducts meetings to discuss the requirements for the position and it procedures and rules for submitting recommendations of qualified candidates. The meetings are open to the public.
Commission Chair Judith S. Kaye, former chief judge of the Court of Appeals, will discuss the application process with former Associate Judge Howard A. Levine. Joining them will be Alicia Ouellette, dean of Albany Law School; Janet Silver, president of the Albany County Bar Association; Henry M. Greenberg, commission counsel.
It is not necessary to register in advance to attend. For more information, visit the commission’s website at www.nysegov.com/cjn.