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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

NYLJ: Paterson Set to Nominate Lippman as Chief Judge

Paterson Set to Nominate Lippman as Chief Judge
The New York Law Journal by Joel Stashenko - January 14, 2009

ALBANY - Governor David A. Paterson will introduce Justice Jonathan Lippman tomorrow as his nominee to become New York's next chief judge, said several sources who have been notified of the governor's decision. Justice Lippman has been presiding justice on the Appellate Division, First Department, since 2007 and between 1996 and 2007 he was the longest-serving chief administrative judge in state history (NYLJ, Oct. 9, 2007). If confirmed by the state Senate, which now has a Democratic majority, Justice Lippman will succeed Judith S. Kaye as chief judge. Mr. Paterson has scheduled a news conference for tomorrow morning at the Capitol to announce his selection. Judge Kaye was the first woman member of the Court of Appeals and its first female chief judge, named in 1993 by then-Governor Mario Cuomo. She was forced by mandatory retirement rules to step down on Dec. 31 after turning 70 earlier last year.

Justice Lippman, 63, worked closely with the former chief judge promoting her agenda, including her initiatives to make jury duty less onerous and to create more "problem-solving" courts to adjudicate specific kinds of offenses, such as drug courts. But Judge Kaye and Justice Lippman were unsuccessful in lobbying lawmakers for a pay raise for state judges, a quest Justice Lippman would no doubt take up again as chief judge. Judge Kaye sued the Legislature in 2008 to force the first pay increase for state judges since 1999. Mr. Paterson selected Justice Lippman from a list of seven names sent him on Dec. 1 by the Commission on Judicial Nomination. Others on the list were Court of Appeals Judges Theodore T. Jones Jr. and Eugene F. Pigott Jr., Second Department Justice Steven W. Fisher and private practitioners Evan A. Davis, George Carpinello and Peter L. Zimroth.

Here's the Albany Times Union article:

Lippman to be named new chief judge
The Albany Times Union by Irene Jay Lui - January 13, 2009 

Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman is expected to be named by Gov. David Paterson to the position of Chief Judge, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. He will replace Chief Judge Judith Kaye, who retired at the end of last year. Kaye appointed Lippman to the position of Chief Administrative Judge in 1996, a job in which he has served as her trusted adviser and lieutenant. He was considered Kaye’s favored choice as her replacement. The appointment of the Chief Judge has been controversial, as Paterson blasted the Commission on Judicial Appointments for not recommending a woman in its list of prospective candidates. The Commission is required to submit a list of seven candidates, from which the governor much choose. Hon. Jonathan Lippman In January 1996, Jonathan Lippman became Chief Administrative Judge of all New York State courts by appointment of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye. In that capacity, he oversees the administration and operation of the Statewide court system with a $2 billion budget, 3,600 State and locally paid Judges and 15,000 non-judicial employees in over 300 locations around the State. Judge Lippman is the longest serving Chief Administrative Judge in New York State history.

Judge Lippman has played a central role in many far-ranging reforms of New York’s Judiciary and legal profession. These reforms include establishment of problem-solving community courts, domestic violence courts, integrated domestic violence courts and drug courts; creation of specialized commercial and matrimonial parts; opening of Family Court to the public; extensive reform of the jury system and elimination of mandatory jury sequestration; new rules governing fiduciary appointments; rules governing multidisciplinary practice of law; rules prescribing continuing legal education for all attorneys; and reforms relating to promoting public confidence in judicial elections. Judge Lippman serves as Chair of the New York State Court Facilities Capital Review Board, and is a member of the New York State Probation Commission. He is the President of the Conference of State Court Administrators, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Conference of State Courts, and a member of the New York State Bar Association. Judge Lippman grew up in Manhattan and attended New York University, from which he graduated, Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude, in 1965 with a B.A. in Government and International Relations. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1968, the same year he was admitted to the New York Bar.

Starting in an entry level position in the court system’s legal series, Judge Lippman worked his way up though the non-judicial ranks in a career in the courts spanning more than thirty (30) years. In 1989, he became Deputy Chief Administrator for Management Support, responsible for the day-to-day management of the New York State court system. In 1995, Governor George E. Pataki appointed him a Judge of the New York Court of Claims. In 2005, he was elected to the State Supreme Court for a 14-year term, from 2006 to 2019. Judge Lippman is the recipient of the Benjamin N. Cardozo Award of the Jewish Lawyers Guild, the Bernard Botein Medal of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Harlan Fiske Stone Award of the Trial Lawyers Association of the City of New York, the Robert L. Haig Award for Distinguished Public Service of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, the Millennium 2000 Award of the New York State Bar Association’s Judicial Section, the 2002 New York State Trial Lawyers Association Judicial Recognition Award, the 2002 Cervantes Society Hispanic Heritage Recognition Award, the 2003 New York University School of Law Law Alumni Association Public Service Award, and the New York State Bar Association 2006 Award For Excellence In Public Service.


Anonymous said...

OMG. I am stunned. We'd be better off with Bernie Madoff

Anonymous said...

At first blush, having Lippman as the next Chief Judge is a complete NIGHMARE, just a continuation of Judy Kaye's acceptance of criminal behavior.

But strange things happen in politics: back room deals, perhaps, I don't know. Or maybe what I heard a year ago is true: that Lippman was a true lackey, one who blindly took orders, and obeyed every command. But now that he's going to be in charge, maybe we'll see some changes. And I have to say that I don't really see this happening, but I'd like to be wrong.

The good thing about having Lippman nominated as Chief Judge is that he's a lightening rod for anger. Even the Daily News came out and said that we need change.

I, for one, will give Jonathan Lippman a chance, but only for a quick second.

So, unless Jonathan Lippman, BEFORE he is sworn in, announces sweeping changes to come and that certain judges will be ARRESTED, he and the entire state should expect massive demonstrations in opposition to Peterson's choice of him.

Lippman is fully knowledgeable of the many crimes committed by certain judges. If he doesn't have those cases prosecuted, I will join the effort to have him removed from office by federal agents!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I bet John Feerick resigned because he heard Lippman was going to be the Chief Judge.

Anonymous said...

Bullshit...Lippman is bad news and Peterson has just signed on to more corruption. I can't wait to vote Paterson's ass out of office. Two disasters- Paterson and Lippman. Bring in the Feds !!!!!

Anonymous said...

My wife works for OCA and she learned that Jones told Paterson last week that he had personal issues that prevented him from being the court of appeals chief.

Anonymous said...

Let the Corruption Continue !

Anonymous said...

Nice pick Paterson. Lippman was elected in a fake election, let crimes continue while administrative judge, and had zero experience as a real judge until recently. Next time, governor dave, go pick your nose. We'd get better results. I think once lippman is sworn in we should call for Paterson to resign, for the simple reason that he's a jackass for picking lippman.

Anonymous said...

I agree Bernie Madoff or even
Marc Drier would be a better choice.

Anonymous said...

Lady Justice will be throwing up
every day that Lippman is Chief Judge.

Anonymous said...

Lippman is a ligature on the neck of the taxpayer and must be severed for them to survive!

Lippman as chief judge is a reason to investigate deep inside the court bowels....this is where he thrives.

Anonymous said...

I agree, give Lippman a chance. One week, two-max. I will only trust Lippman if he immediately suspends a dozen or so judges from around the state. you know, the worst ones, judges that kaye allowed to break the law on a daily basis.

And Lippman must immediately freeze all work of Bob Tembeckian's band of theives at the commission on judicial conduct. (Though not required for my blessing, I'd be tickled pink if Tembeckian were shown on TV being handcuffed and dragged away to jail.

Anonymous said...

It's a set up. Paterson wants Lippman out of the first department, and he knows federal indictments are coming soon. So the best move may be to move Jonathan up to the top post before the feds come in and take him down. Remember that nitwit Sol Wachkler was the chief judge of the court of appeals before they yanked him out and put him in a federal pen. Shelly Silve should be thrown in the clink with Lippman.

Anonymous said...

Get real. When is the last time a chief judge suspended even one judge at a time. It's simply going to be more of the same from now on.

I guess I shooda stood in bed.

Anonymous said...

How about Lippman as Chief Judge of the court of appeals. Then, Jones becomse PJ of the first department, and then Paterson gets to appoint a woman to replace Jones on the court of appeals.

Anonymous said...


"If confirmed by the state Senate"


Anonymous said...

Good idea.... I'm there.... the ONLY good reason to go to Albany...... to FULLY OPPOSE Lippman!

Anonymous said...

count me in on albany also

Anonymous said...

Remember the hope we held out for Ann Pfau, the administrative judge? What the hell has she been doing?

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...

Paterson, we are ashamed and disappointed in you.

Anonymous said...

As quoted in the NYLJ:

"Justice Lippman also is a good friend of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, another Democrat, with whom he grew up on New York's Lower East Side".

I smell something very FISHY here!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Let's dust this one off again...

(D) Disciplinary Responsibilities.

(1) A judge who receives information indicating a substantial likelihood that another judge has committed a substantial violation of this Part shall take appropriate action.

(2) A judge who receives information indicating a substantial likelihood that a lawyer has committed a substantial violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility shall take appropriate action.

(3) Acts of a judge in the discharge of disciplinary responsibilities are part of a judge's judicial duties.

Anonymous said...

Nominated Jonathan Lippman's Comments on Outgoing Judge Kaye according to the Times Union in Albany:

“She has written the script for what it means to be a chief judge,” Lippman said of Kaye, who also was present.

Full Article Link that says Paterson believes the Judges raises are long overdue but they may have to wait given the financial crisis in the State.


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