The Commission on Judicial Nomination’s List of Candidates to Replace Judge Eugene Fahey on the New York Court of Appeals is Exciting!

With December 31st fast approaching, and Associate Judge Eugene Fahey's time on the Court of Appeals waning now that he turned 70 years old last month, the Commission on Judicial Nomination released its list of seven candidates to potentially take Judge Fahey's seat next year. With Judge Fahey being the last Judge on the Court …

If New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Resigns…

What happens to the New York Court of Appeals? With the explosive, though likely not shocking, findings of the New York Attorney General's report on the allegations that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women who worked for him, Governor Cuomo faces two choices: (1) resign from office or (2) stay and fight the looming …

Governor Andrew Cuomo Nominates Madeline Singas and Hon. Anthony Cannataro to the Court of Appeals

In a surprising announcement Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo made two picks to fill the open seats on the New York Court of Appeals. It wasn't surprising that the Governor made the two picks together (I called that one when the Commission on Judicial Nomination released the list of candidates to replace the late Judge Paul …

Commission on Judicial Nomination Releases the List to Fill Associate Judge Paul Feinman’s Seat on the Court of Appeals

Only two weeks ago, the Commission on Judicial Nomination released the list of candidates to replace Associate Judge Leslie Stein on the Court of Appeals bench when she retires on June 4, 2021. But the Commission's work wasn't done. They also have to find a replacement for late Associate Judge Paul Feinman, who retired from …

Commission on Judicial Nomination Selects 7 Women Candidates for Court of Appeals Vacancy for the First Time in NY History

This post first appeared as a guest post on Twenty Eagle, a blog like mine devoted to covering the New York Court of Appeals. Check it out here! For watchers of the New York Court of Appeals, this is the Super Bowl. This year is the first in almost 30 years that the Court of …

New York Court of Appeals Associate Judge Paul Feinman Passes Away

Just a little bit ago, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced that former Associate Judge Paul Feinman, who had abruptly and unexpectedly retired last week just before the beginning of the March argument session, has passed away. Chief Judge DiFiore released this statement this morning: Governor Cuomo added his condolences, releasing this statement: I am stunned. …

Associate Judge Paul Feinman Announces Immediate Retirement From the Court of Appeals. What Happens Now?

In an entirely unexpected announcement this afternoon, Tuesday, March 23, 2021, just before the Court of Appeals was about to take the bench for its first in-person arguments of 2021, Associate Judge Paul Feinman announced that he was retiring from the bench effective immediately, citing health reasons. Obviously, our first thoughts are of his well-being …

Court of Appeals Returns to In-Person Arguments for the March 2021 Session

With COVID cases on the decline in New York (7-day rolling average of 3.2% COVID positive tests), and in particular in the Capital Region (7-day rolling average of 2%), the Court of Appeals announced this week that it would return to in-person arguments for its March argument session that begins on March 23rd. Since the …

New York Court of Appeals’ Year in Review, COVID-19 Edition

This article first appeared in the December 2020 edition of the NYSBA Journal, which can be found here. A direct link to the article is here. 2020 has been a year unlike any other. With the spread of COVID-19 growing in New York exponentially in March, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and the entire court system …

Associate Judge Leslie Stein Announces Her Retirement Effective June 4, 2021

In a very surprising announcement, somewhat buried in the late afternoon on the day before election day 2020, Associate Judge Leslie Stein announced that she would be retiring from the Court of Appeals bench effective June 4, 2021. Judge Stein, who joined the Court on February 9, 2015, wasn't slated to reach New York's mandatory …

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