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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2015


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 State. 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 rating for candidates for judicial offices within the Sixth Judicial District:

Judge of the Family Court of Delaware County
Porter L. Kirkwood - Qualified

Judge of the Oneonta City Court
Lucy P. Bernier - 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2015


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 State. 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, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington, 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 Fourth Judicial District today announced the following rating for candidates for judicial offices within the Fourth Judicial District:

Justice of the Supreme Court
Martin D. Auffredou - Qualified
Mary M. Farley - Highly Qualified

Judge of the County and Surrogate's Courts of Fulton County
Louise K. Sira - Qualified

Judge of the Family Court of Warren County
Paulette M. Kershko - 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2015


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 State. 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 the candidate's background and qualifications, and the candidate participated in a personal interview with the IJEQC. The IJEQC for the Third Judicial District today announced the following rating for a candidate for a judicial office within the Third Judicial District:

Judge of the Family Court of Ulster County
Anthony McGinty - 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2015

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 537 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 24, 2015 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 William E. McCarthy, John C. Egan Jr., and Michael C. Lynch.

Presiding Justice Peters stated that the Court is very pleased that Glenn Lau-Kee, Esq., Immediate Past President, New York State Bar Association, will be in attendance and will address the new attorneys.

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

All of the new attorneys who will be sworn in on June 24 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, ten (10) pro bono scholars are slated for admission on June 24, the first group of pro bono scholars admitted by the Third Department.

Based upon their current residence addresses, applicants from at least 27 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 26 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Uganda, 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 June 24 is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For further information, please contact Robert D. Mayberger, the Clerk of the Court (518-471-4777), or Daniel C. Brennan of the Admissions Office (518-471-4734).

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2015

Karen K. Peters, 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 22, 2015, 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. A. Gail Prudenti, Chief Administive Judge of the Courts of New York State, will be in attendance and will address the new attorneys.

Presiding Justice Peters also announced that Justice Clark will administer the Constitutional oath of office to the applicants.

All of the new attorneys who will be sworn in on January 22 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 39 States, the District of Columbia, and 19 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The Third Department is responsible for the admission of out-of-state applicants and applicants from other countries.

The ceremony on January 22 is open to the public and all are invited and encouraged to attend. For further information, please contact Robert D. Mayberger, the Clerk of the Court (518- 471-4777), or Daniel C. Brennan of the Admissions Office (518-471-4734).

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