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Date: March 30, 2010

Hon. Ann Pfau
Chief Administrative Judge

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Hon. Rolando T. Acosta Appointed to Commission on Judicial Conduct

NEW YORK – Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the appointment of Hon. Rolando T. Acosta to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Justice Acosta replaces Hon. Karen Peters, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department. The appointment is for a four-year term that begins April 1, 2010.

Chief Judge Lippman said, “Judge Acosta’s reputation as a fair, hard-working and dedicated jurist precedes him in his new role. His commitment to judicial ethics will be indispensable to the Commission’s work to promote public confidence and protect the integrity of the judiciary. I also extend my deepest thanks to Judge Peters. She has served the Commission on Judicial Conduct for twelve years – and the court system for more than two decades – with dedication and distinction.”

Judge Acosta was elected to the New York City Civil Court in 1997. In 2001, he was named the Acting Supreme Court Justice to preside over, and spearhead the creation of, the Harlem Justice Center, a multi-jurisdictional problem-solving court; the following year, he was elected to the Supreme Court; and in 2008, he was appointed an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department. Prior to becoming a judge, Justice Acosta held various positions within the Legal Aid Society, including Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Division in the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office, and Director of Community Relations. He also served as Deputy Commissioner for Law Enforcement and, subsequently, First Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights. Justice Acosta is the immediate past president of the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, sits on the Board of Advisors of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law School and is a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Columbia College and his Juris Doctor at Columbia University School of Law.




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