Glenn Lau-Kee, the president of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), recently sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo advising him about the organization’s assessment of the qualifications of the seven people in contention for the position of associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. The NYSBA’s evaluation of candidates for the court of appeals dates back to 1967. In 1978, the NYSBA created the Commission on Judicial Nomination to assess and recommend candidates. Governor Cuomo will nominate a candidate in early 2016, and the state Senate will decide whether to confirm the person.
This year, six candidates were rated “well qualified” and one was rated “qualified.” “Well qualified” means that the candidate has “preeminent” qualifications, and a “qualified” rating signifies that the candidate has demonstrated the necessary qualifications for office. To determine the ratings, the Commission on Judicial Nomination interviewed people who know the candidates, studied their court decisions, and researched their backgrounds.
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