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Date: Oct. 17, 2007

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John W. McConnell Appointed Clerk of the Court, Appellate Division, First Department

NEW YORK – Presiding Justice Jonathan Lippman today announced the Appellate Division, First Department’s appointment of John W. McConnell as Clerk of the Court. In his new role, Mr. McConnell will hold the highest ranking non-judicial position in the Appellate Division. He will be responsible for managing court operations, personnel matters and budget development, among other duties.

Presiding Justice Lippman said, “John McConnell has had a distinguished career in public service and in the private practice of law. He is exceptionally well qualified for this critical position, and I have every confidence that he will be a tremendous asset to the court.”

John W. McConnell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Germany. After earning his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, he began his career as Assistant to the Senior Deputy Secretary to the Governor. Mr. McConnell then served as an Assistant Attorney General of the New York State Department of Law; Executive Assistant to Hon. Francis T. Murphy, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department; and Deputy Solicitor General of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Appeals and Opinions. For the past eight years, he has been a litigator in private practice.

The appointment takes effect immediately.

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