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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2018

Pursuant to part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (IJEQCs) have been established in each of the judicial districts of New York. The IJEQCs are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. Each IJEQC is charged with the responsibility of evaluating the qualifications of candidates, within its respective judicial district, who voluntarily submit a questionnaire and are seeking election to the following courts in New York: Supreme, County, Surrogate's, Family and City. Each IJEQC has 15 members appointed by the Chief Judge, the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions, the New York State Bar Association, and local bar associations. The IJEQCs are comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyers and represent a wide cross-section of the communities that they serve.

The IJEQCs' role is to determine whether candidates are "Highly Qualified," "Qualified" or "Not Qualified" for the judicial office to which they seek election. The criteria for evaluation include: professional ability; character, independence and integrity; reputation for fairness and lack of bias; and temperament, including courtesy and patience. Candidates found Highly Qualified must be preeminent members of the legal profession in their community; have outstanding professional ability, work ethic, intellect, judgment and breadth of experience relevant to the office being sought; possess the highest reputation for honesty, integrity and good character, including the absence of any significant professional disciplinary record; and either demonstrate or exhibit the highest capacity for distinguished judicial temperament, including courtesy, patience, independence, impartiality and respect for all participants in the legal process.

In the Fourth Judicial District, which encompasses the Counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington, the evaluation process included an investigation of the candidate's background and qualifications, and the candidate participated in a personal interview with the IJEQC. The IJEQC for the Fourth Judicial District today announced the following rating for a candidate for judicial office within the Fourth Judicial District:

Judge of the Family Court of Fulton County

J. Gerard McAuliffe, Jr. - Highly Qualified

For further information regarding the evaluation process, please visit the IJEQC web page at http://nycourts.gov/ad3 and follow the links to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions or contact Timothy P. O'Keefe, Director, at the address above, by telephone at (518) 285-8571, or by email at tokeefe@nycourts.gov.

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2018

Pursuant to part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (IJEQCs) have been established in each of the judicial districts of New York. The IJEQCs are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. Each IJEQC is charged with the responsibility of evaluating the qualifications of candidates, within its respective judicial district, who voluntarily submit a questionnaire and are seeking election to the following courts in New York: Supreme, County, Surrogate's, Family and City. Each IJEQC has 15 members appointed by the Chief Judge, the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions, the New York State Bar Association, and local bar associations. The IJEQCs are comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyers and represent a wide cross-section of the communities that they serve.

The IJEQCs' role is to determine whether candidates are "Highly Qualified," "Qualified" or "Not Qualified" for the judicial office to which they seek election. The criteria for evaluation include: professional ability; character, independence and integrity; reputation for fairness and lack of bias; and temperament, including courtesy and patience. Candidates found Highly Qualified must be preeminent members of the legal profession in their community; have outstanding professional ability, work ethic, intellect, judgment and breadth of experience relevant to the office being sought; possess the highest reputation for honesty, integrity and good character, including the absence of any significant professional disciplinary record; and either demonstrate or exhibit the highest capacity for distinguished judicial temperament, including courtesy, patience, independence, impartiality and respect for all participants in the legal process.

In the Third Judicial District, which encompasses the Counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster, the evaluation process included an investigation of each candidate's background and qualifications, and each candidate participated in a personal interview with the IJEQC. The IJEQC for the Third Judicial District today announced the following ratings for candidates for judicial office within the Third Judicial District:

Justice of the Supreme Court

Justin O. Corcoran - Highly Qualified

William E. McCarthy - Highly Qualified

For further information regarding the evaluation process, please visit the IJEQC web page at http://nycourts.gov/ad3 and follow the links to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions or contact Timothy P. O'Keefe, Director, at the address above, by telephone at (518) 285-8571, or by email at tokeefe@nycourts.gov.

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2018

Pursuant to part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (IJEQCs) have been established in each of the judicial districts of New York. The IJEQCs are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. Each IJEQC is charged with the responsibility of evaluating the qualifications of candidates, within its respective judicial district, who voluntarily submit a questionnaire and are seeking election to the following courts in New York: Supreme, County, Surrogate's, Family and City. Each IJEQC has 15 members appointed by the Chief Judge, the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions, the New York State Bar Association, and local bar associations. The IJEQCs are comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyers and represent a wide cross-section of the communities that they serve.

The IJEQCs' role is to determine whether candidates are "Highly Qualified," "Qualified" or "Not Qualified" for the judicial office to which they seek election. The criteria for evaluation include: professional ability; character, independence and integrity; reputation for fairness and lack of bias; and temperament, including courtesy and patience. Candidates found Highly Qualified must be preeminent members of the legal profession in their community; have outstanding professional ability, work ethic, intellect, judgment and breadth of experience relevant to the office being sought; possess the highest reputation for honesty, integrity and good character, including the absence of any significant professional disciplinary record; and either demonstrate or exhibit the highest capacity for distinguished judicial temperament, including courtesy, patience, independence, impartiality and respect for all participants in the legal process.

In the Sixth Judicial District, which encompasses the Counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins, the evaluation process included an investigation of each candidate's background and qualifications, and each candidate participated in a personal interview with the IJEQC. The IJEQC for the Sixth Judicial District today announced the following ratings for candidates for a judicial office within the Sixth Judicial District:

Justice of the Supreme Court

Claudette Y. Newman - Highly Qualified

Melissa C. Stearns - Qualified

For further information regarding the evaluation process, please visit the IJEQC web page at http://nycourts.gov/ad3 and follow the links to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions or contact Timothy P. O'Keefe, Director, at the address above, by telephone at (518) 285-8571, or by email at tokeefe@nycourts.gov.

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2018

Elizabeth A. Garry, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 730 people are scheduled to be sworn in as newly admitted members of the New York State Bar by the Court at a ceremony at noon on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York.

The members of the Court presiding at the ceremony will include Justice Presiding Eugene P. Devine and Associate Justices Christine M. Clark, Robert C. Mulvey, Sharon A.M. Aarons and Stan L. Pritzker.

Presiding Justice Garry stated that the Court is very pleased that Michael Miller, President of the New York State Bar Association, will be in attendance and will address the new attorneys.

Justice Clark will administer the constitutional oath of office to the applicants.

All of the new attorneys who will be sworn in on June 27 have passed the New York State Bar examination or have satisfied the motion admission requirements and will have been approved for admission by the Third Department's Committees on Character and Fitness.  In addition, several pro bono scholars are slated for admission on June 27.

Based upon their current residence addresses, applicants from New York and at least 38 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands and 45 foreign countries will be admitted.  Foreign countries represented include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vietnam.  The Third Department is responsible for the admission of all out-of-state applicants and applicants from other countries.

The ceremony on June 27 is open to the public and all are invited to attend.  For further information, please contact Robert D. Mayberger (518-471-4777) or Daniel C. Brennan of the Admissions Office (518-471-4734).

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2018

Hon. Elizabeth A. Garry, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rosemarie Pope, Esq., as Chairperson of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Sixth Judicial District.

Ms. Pope, a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and Syracuse University Law School, was admitted to the New York bar in 2015 and is a partner with Pope, Schrader & Pope, LLP, in Binghamton.

Ms. Pope is a member of the Committee. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Northern District of New York Bar Association, and the Broome County Bar Association.

Ms. Pope succeeds Jon S. Blechman, Esq., Hinman, Howard & Kattell, Binghamton, who served as Committee Chairperson with distinction from 2002.

The Committee on Character and Fitness is charged with the responsibility of investigating and making recommendations to the Court regarding the character and fitness of applicants to the New York State bar. Members serve without compensation.

The Third Judicial Department is responsible for the admission of applicants to the New York State bar from the 28 counties in the Department and from other states and countries. The Court admits over 3,100 applicants annually. In 2017, the Court admitted applicants representing 48 states (including New York), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands and 62 foreign countries.

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2018

Presiding Justice Elizabeth A. Garry of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, recently announced that a regular court session of the Appellate Division will be held at Albany Law School on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

The March 28th session will consist of approximately 10 oral arguments and include a variety of civil and criminal cases. The court session will be conducted in the school's Dean Alexander Moot Court Room and commences at 1:30 P.M. Students, faculty and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend the session.

Presiding Justice Garry stated that the court believes that conducting session at Albany Law School "will give students a greater opportunity to observe the appellate process first hand." After the court session, the court will entertain questions about the court process.

This will be the 23rd time the court has conducted a session at Albany Law School, starting in 1995.

Robert D. Mayberger, Clerk of the Court, indicated that the five-judge panel assigned to the March 28th session will be Presiding Justice Elizabeth A. Garry, Justice William E. McCarthy, Justice Michael C. Lynch, Justice Christine M. Clark and Justice Stan L. Pritzker.

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2018
The Honorable Elizabeth A. Garry to Be Sworn In as Presiding Justice

Elizabeth A. Garry, who was appointed Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on January 1, 2018, will be sworn in at a 12:30 p.m. ceremony in the Third Department Courtroom in Albany on January 17, 2018. The program will begin with remarks by Court of Appeals Associate Judge Leslie E. Stein and the Third Department's immediate past Presiding Justice Karen K. Peters. Former Presiding Justice Leonard A. Weiss will administer the oath of office to Presiding Justice Garry.

Presiding Justice Garry was elected a New York State Supreme Court Justice for the Sixth Judicial District in 2006 and was appointed to the Appellate Division, Third Department in 2009. She had previously served as a Town Justice in the Town of New Berlin and worked in private practice with the Joyce Law Firm in Central New York. Presiding Justice Garry began her legal career as a confidential law clerk to the Honorable Irad S. Ingraham, Justice of the Supreme Court. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 from Alfred University and her Juris Doctor degree in 1990 from Albany Law School, both with honors.

Justice Garry said, "I am greatly honored by the Governor's appointment. The precedent of this Court has been my guide throughout my entire legal career. I will always work hard and do my very best to bring its great traditions forward. I look forward to working with our Chief Judge and my colleagues to ensure that the principles of our state judiciary are advanced in service to the people of our State."

"Justice Garry combines superior legal skills with personal charm," said retired Supreme Court Justice Ingraham. "It impresses all who know her and has propelled her from law clerk to this position. Along the way she has consistently set high standards. She will bring her personal genuine style to her new position with the same impressive success."

Presiding Justice Garry will serve as the first openly LGBTQ Presiding Justice in the history of the State of New York. Her predecessor, the Honorable Karen K. Peters, was the first woman to serve as Presiding Justice of the Third Department. "I am thrilled that Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed Elizabeth Garry to succeed me," said former Presiding Justice Peters. "A brilliant scholar, experienced trial judge and litigator, Justice Garry brings a wealth of experience to the position. Her appointment as the first openly LGBTQ Presiding Justice in New York is truly a great moment in history!"

The Appellate Division, Third Department hears appeals from all trial level courts in the 28 counties within the Court's geographical jurisdiction. The Appellate Division, Third Department includes the Third Judicial District (Counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster), the Fourth Judicial District (Counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington) and the Sixth Judicial District (Counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tompkins and Tioga).

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2018

Elizabeth A. Garry, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 750 people are scheduled to be sworn in as newly admitted members of the New York State Bar by the Court at a ceremony at noon on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York.

The members of the Court presiding at the ceremony will include Presiding Justice Garry and Associate Justices Michael C. Lynch, Christine M. Clark, Robert C. Mulvey and Sharon A.M. Aarons.

Presiding Justice Garry stated that the Court is very pleased that the Hon. Karen K. Peters, former Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, will be in attendance and will address the new attorneys.

Associate Justice Michael C. Lynch will administer the constitutional oath of office to the applicants.

All of the new attorneys who will be sworn in on January 18 have passed the New York State Bar examination or have satisfied the motion admission requirements and will have been approved for admission by the Third Department's Committees on Character and Fitness. Applicants from at least 40 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 29 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mongolia, Netherlands, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The Third Department is responsible for the admission of all out-of-state applicants and applicants from other countries.

The ceremony on January 18 is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For further information, please contact Clerk of the Court Robert D. Mayberger (518-471-4777) or Daniel C. Brennan of the Admissions Office (518-471-4734).

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2017

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura M. Jordan, Esq., as Chairperson of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Third Judicial District.

Ms. Jordan, a graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester and Albany Law School, was admitted to the New York bar in 2004 and is a partner with Powers & Santola, LLP, in Albany.

Ms. Jordan is a member of the Committee. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association.

Ms. Jordan succeeds Michael L. Costello, Esq., Tobin and Dempf LLP, Albany, who served as Committee Chairperson with distinction from 2000.

The Committee on Character and Fitness is charged with the responsibility of investigating and making recommendations to the Court regarding the character and fitness of applicants to the New York State bar. Members serve without compensation.

The Third Judicial Department is responsible for the admission of applicants to the New York State bar from the 28 counties in the Department and from other states and countries. The Court admits over 3,300 applicants annually. In 2016, the Court admitted applicants representing 45 states (including New York), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and 62 foreign countries.

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2016

Presiding Justice Karen K. Peters announced today that, beginning on January 7, 2016, oral arguments of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department will be broadcast live on the Internet through the Court's website. This live stream of the Court's oral arguments can be accessed by simply clicking on the icon found on the home page of the Court's website, located at:

http://www.courts.state.ny.us/ad3/

Located in Albany, New York, the Appellate Division, Third Department hears oral arguments in the Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice, a building which is part of the Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in the State's capital. This live streaming of the Court's oral arguments on January 7th will take place just shy of 120 years from when the Appellate Division, Third Department heard its first case on January 14, 1896. Oral arguments at the Appellate Division, Third Department are typically scheduled for two weeks every month, with the Court's January term continuing through Thursday, January 14, 2016. There is usually one session of oral arguments each day, beginning at either 9:30 a.m or 1:00 p.m.

According to Presiding Justice Peters, "The Appellate Division, Third Department is pleased to be able to facilitate this access to the public. In a Department as geographically expansive as the Third Department, which includes 28 counties and includes just over one half of the State's land area, being able to provide this live Internet web stream of the Court's oral arguments is especially important and furthers our goal of making the Court accessible to the public we serve."

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