David P. Miranda, President of New York State Bar Association, has sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo with the Association’s ratings for the seven candidates under consideration for associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. The deadline for Cuomo to make his decision is January 21, 2016. After the Governor makes his nomination, the nominee then must be confirmed by the state Senate.

The State Bar assists with the appointment process by reviewing the qualifications of nominated candidates. The ratings are as follows:

Candidate and Rating:

Michael J. Garcia, Esq: “Well Qualified”
Hon. Judith J. Gische: “Well Qualified”
Caitlin J. Halligan, Esq.: “Well Qualified”
Hon. Erin M. Peradotto: “Well Qualified”
Benjamin E. Rosenberg, Esq.: “Well Qualified”
Rowan D. Wilson, Esq.: “Well Qualified”
Stephen P. Younger, Esq.: “Well Qualified”

The State Bar took into consideration each candidate’s professional ability, experience, character, temperament and other qualities in arriving at a determination. Each candidate was rated as “Well Qualified,” “Qualified,” or “Not Qualified.”

According to State Bar guidelines, “Qualified” applies to candidates who have demonstrated the necessary qualifications for the office, while “Well Qualified” is reserved for those who possess pre-eminent qualifications.

The State Bar Association was founded in 1876 and has evaluated candidates for the Court of Appeals since 1967. The Commission on Judicial Nomination was created in 1978 to evaluate and recommend candidates for appointment to the high court. The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation.

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