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New York City Bar Association Issues Evaluations of Candidates For Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
New York , December 19, 2008 – The New York City Bar announced today its ratings of candidates recommended by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination for appointment as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. The term of current Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye will expire on December 31, 2008.
The evaluations of the seven candidates nominated by the Commission are:
George Carpinello: Not Well Qualified
Evan Davis: Exceptionally Well Qualified
Steven Fisher: Well Qualified
Theodore Jones, Jr.: Well Qualified
Jonathan Lippman: Exceptionally Well Qualified
Eugene Pigott, Jr.: Well Qualified
Peter Zimroth: Well Qualified
“Well Qualified” : Consistent with the term “well qualified” as it is set forth in describing the Commission’s mandate in Judiciary Law Section 63(1) and in Article 6, Section 2 of the Constitution: candidates “who by their character, temperament, professional aptitude and experience are well qualified to hold such
“Not Well Qualified” : Candidates who may be a competent lawyer or judge but, in the judgment of the Executive Committee, does not meet the requisite standard for “Well Qualified” in one or more of the constitutional and statutory criteria of “character, temperament, professional aptitude and experience.”
“Exceptionally Well Qualified”: A candidate who is exceptional to the degree that he or she is superior to others who are “well qualified.” This rating should be given as an exception and not the norm.
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