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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2016

Presiding Justice Karen K. Peters of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, recently announced that a regular session of the Appellate Division will be held in Clinton County. The Court will sit in the County Government Center in Plattsburgh on Friday, June 3, 2015 commencing at 9:30 a.m. The calendar will consist of oral arguments in a variety of civil and criminal cases. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this session.

In addition to Presiding Justice Peters, the five-judge panel at the Clinton County session will include Justice John A. Lahtinen of Clinton County, Justice John C. Egan Jr. of Albany County, Justice Robert S. Rose of Broome County and Justice Christine M. Clark of Schenectady County.

Presiding Justice Peters announced that, prior to the commencement of the session, the Court will honor senior Associate Justice John A. Lahtinen. Justice Lahtinen will retire this year after serving more than 16 years on the Appellate Division, Third Department, making him the longest serving Justice from Clinton County in the 120-year history of the Court. Justice Lahtinen is a graduate of Colgate University and Albany Law School. He began his legal career in the private practice of law in Plattsburgh. He was first elected a Justice of the Supreme Court for the Fourth Judicial District in 1997, and was reelected in 2011. Justice Lahtinen has been an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department since March 6, 2000.

Three other jurists who have been members of the Appellate Division, Third Department have hailed from Clinton County. Justice S. Alonzo Kellogg was the sixth Justice ever named to the Court and served from 1899 to 1903. His son, Henry T. Kellogg, served as a Justice on the Court from 1918 to 1926. Henry Kellogg also served as Acting Presiding Justice from 1922 to 1923 and as an Associate Judge on the Court of Appeals from 1926 to 1934. Justice Norman L. Harvey served on the Appellate Division, Third Department from 1984 to 1993.

This will be the third time that the Appellate Division, Third Department has conducted a regular session of Court in Clinton County. The Court first heard appeals in the County in November 1996 and then again in October 2005.

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
April 18, 2016

           Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, is pleased to announce recent appointments to the Court's Committees on Character and Fitness in the Third and Fourth Judicial Districts.  The Committees on Character and Fitness are charged with the responsibility of investigating and making recommendations to the Court regarding the character and fitness of applicants for admission to the New York State Bar.  Its members are appointed for five-year terms.  All members of the Committees serve without compensation.

            The Third Judicial Department is responsible for the admission of applicants to the New York State Bar from other states and countries.  The Court admits over 3,600 applicants annually.  In 2015, the Court admitted applicants representing 48 states (including New York), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and 57 foreign countries.

Third Judicial District

           Alima M. Atoui, Esq., Albany County:  Ms. Atoui is law clerk to Hon. Stacy L. Pettit, Albany County Surrogate.  She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2012 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

            Richard W. Bader, Esq., Albany County:  Mr. Bader maintains an office for the practice of law in Voorheesville, Albany County.  He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1992 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

            Daniel W. Coffey, Esq., Albany County:  Mr. Coffey is a founding member of Bowitch & Coffey, LLC. in Albany.  He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1991 and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School.

            Laura M. Jordan, Esq., Albany County:  Ms. Jordan is a partner at Powers & Santola, LLP, in Albany.  She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2004 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

            William T. Little, Esq., Albany County:  Mr. Little is co-founder of the Law Office of Teresi & Little, PLLC, in Albany.  He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2006 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

            Lianne S. Pinchuk, Esq., Albany County:  Ms. Pinchuk is a staff attorney at the Albany County Bar Association and temporary pro bono coordinator at Albany Law School.  She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2001 and is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law.

            Keith C. St. John, Esq., Albany County:  Mr. St. John is deputy counsel to the minority in the New York State Senate.  He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1987 and is a graduate of Cornell Law School.

            Margaret C. Tabak, Esq., Albany County:  Ms. Tabak is a member of Tabak & Kiosse, LLP, in Albany.  She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1988 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

            Karonne J. Watson, Esq., Albany County:  Ms. Watson is interim co-director and assistant counsel at the Charter School Office, New York State Education Department, in Albany.  She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2009 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

Fourth Judicial District

            Giovanna A. D'Orazio, Esq., Saratoga County:  Ms. D'Orazio is a partner at D'Orazio Peterson LLP in Saratoga Springs.  She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2007 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

            Charles F. Farcher V., Esq., Schenectady County:  Mr. Farcher is a supervising attorney at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti LLP, in Latham, Albany County.  He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2008 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.
 
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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

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PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2016

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 725 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 21, 2016, 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, John C. Egan Jr., Michael C. Lynch and Eugene P. Devine.

Presiding Justice Peters stated that the Court is very pleased that Alphonso David, Counsel to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, 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 21 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, and 18 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, 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 21 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).

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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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