Press Releases

January 13, 2017

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 540 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 19, 2017 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York.

The members of the Court presiding at the ceremony will include Presiding Justice Peters and Associate Justices Elizabeth A. Garry, Michael C. Lynch, Eugene P. Devine and Christine M. Clark.

Presiding Justice Peters stated that the Court is very pleased that Hon. Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, will be in attendance and will address the new attorneys.

Robert D. Mayberger, Clerk of the Court, will administer the constitutional oath of office to the applicants.

All of the new attorneys who will be sworn in on January 19 have passed the New York State Bar examination and will have been approved for admission by the Third Department's Committees on Character and Fitness.

Applicants from at least 31 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 19 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, 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 19 is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For further information, please contact Mr. Mayberger (518-471-4777) or Daniel C. Brennan of the Admissions Office (518-471-4734).


February 18, 2016

The Governor appointed Supreme Court Justices Sharon A.M. Aarons and Robert C. Mulvey to fill two vacancies on the Appellate Division-Third Department. The Third Department covers twenty-eight counties in the Eastern and Northern portions of Upstate New York, ranging from the mid-Hudson Valley to the Canadian Border and as far as west as Schuyler and Chemung counties in the Southern Tier.

Honorable Sharon A.M. Aarons
Justice Aarons has been a jurist since 2004 when she was first elected to Bronx Civil Court. In 2009, she was elected as a Supreme Court Justice for the 12th Judicial District, where she currently presides. Before her election to the bench, Justice Aarons served as a Principal Law Clerk for both the Honorable Lee L. Holzman, a Bronx Surrogate Court Judge, and the Honorable Alexander W. Hunter, Jr., a Supreme Court Justice in the Bronx. In addition, she also was an Associate Attorney with Law Offices of William A. Gallina and began her legal career as a Trial Attorney with the Legal Aid Society. Justice Aarons continues to be actively involved in a wide variety of professional and community organizations, including serving as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Highbridge Advisory Council Family Services, Inc. since 2008 and as past President for the Black Bar Association of Bronx County. She is an Adjunct Professor at both Bronx Community College and Pace University Law School, where she also continues to Coach their Mock and Moot Competition Trial Teams. Justice Aarons received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from New York University in 1986 and J.D. from City University of New York School of Law in 1989.

Honorable Robert C. Mulvey
Justice Mulvey was elected a Justice to the New York State Supreme Court for the Sixth Judicial District in 2000, where he currently serves as the Administrative Judge for the district as well. Prior to his election to the bench, Justice Mulvey’s legal experience has been a combination of both private practice and public service. He served as Legislative Counsel for New York State Senator James L. Seward, as an Assistant District Attorney in Tompkins County and as the Tompkins County Attorney. In addition, he was Partner with the Albanese & Mulvey Law Firm and also an Associate with Mulvey Law Firm. Justice Mulvey has been a member of the Advisory Board on Judicial Ethics since 2006.


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:

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."