The New York Law Journal by Noeleen G. Walder - News In Brief - September 22, 2010
Three high-level officials in the Appellate Division, First Department, have given notice that they plan to retire in November, Presiding Justice Luis A. Gonzalez announced yesterday. David Spokony, the court's clerk, Alan Friedberg, chief counsel to the Disciplinary Committee, and James Shed, secretary to the Committee on Character and Fitness, are among 1,650 non-judicial personnel who have informed the court system that they intend to take advantage of an early-retirement program being offered to state employees. Mr. Spokony joined the First Department in 1978. He served as a supervising appellate court attorney and a deputy clerk before assuming his current title earlier this year. Before becoming chief counsel in 2007, Mr. Friedberg, who began his career as a staff attorney at the New York City Board of Education, was deputy administrator in charge at the state Commission on Judicial Conduct. Mr. Shed worked as a staff attorney at the disciplinary committee before being appointed as a secretary of the character committee. In a statement, Justice Gonzalez said the three officials' decades of valuable experience will be missed by the bench and bar alike."
Note: Sherry K. Cohen, deputy chief counsel, is also retiring and taking early-retirement, and as previously posted here on September 16, 2010, "Corrupt Ethics Attorney Sherry K. Cohen Departing, Finally"