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1990

NJC’s September 28, 1990 fax to Fern Schair Sussman, Executive Director, with enclosed press release

            SEE Judicial Selection -- NYS: Judicial Elections:  Castracan v. Colavita

NJC’s October 1, 1990 transmittal memo to Fern Schair Sussman

NJC’s October 4, 1990 fax to Pro Bono Coordinator

NJC’s October 25, 1990 letter to Judge Michael Stallman, Chair, Election Law Committee

1991

NJC’s February 12, 1991 letter to Judge Stallman

NJC’s December 23, 1991 letter to City Bar President-Elect Feerick

1992


President-Elect Feerick’s January 28, 1992 letter

NJC’s February 24, 1992 letter to Conrad Harper, President

President Harper’s March 5, 1992 letter to NJC
 
NJC’s March 17, 1992 letter to President Harper

NJC’s March 17, 1992 letter to John Feerick, President-Elect

NJC’s May 14, 1992 letter to President-Elect Feerick

NJC’s May 20, 1992 fax to Alan Rothstein, Counsel

NJC’s May 26, 1992 fax coversheet to President Feerick

NJC’s May 26, 1992 letter to President Feerick

President Feerick’s June 8, 1992 letter to NJC

NJC’s June 26, 1992 fax to Fern Schair Sussman, Executive Secretary

City Bar’s July 2, 1992 notification of meeting with President Feerick

NJC’s September 9, 1992 fax to President Feerick, enclosing NJC’s September 9, 1992 letter to Alan Rothstein

NJC’s September 15, 1992 letter to President Feerick

NJC’s October 6, 1992 letter to President Feerick

Doris Sassower’s October 16, 1992 letter to Alan Rothstein

President Feerick’s November 6, 1992 letter to NJC

NJC’s December 17, 1992 letter to Alvin Hellerstein, Chairman, Judiciary Committee

Chairman Hellerstein’s faxed notation on CJA’s December 17, 1992 fax coversheet

1993

NJC’s January 22, 1993 fax to Chairman Hellerstein

Chairman Hellerstein’s February 3, 1993 letter to NJC

1994

Doris Sassower’s February 20, 1994 letter to Gregory Joseph, Chairman, Committee on Professional Responsibility -- RE: "Sassower v. Mangano, et al."

Doris Sassower’s February 23, 1994 letter to Erica Raved, Secretary to Committee on Professional Responsibility -- RE: "Article 78 proceeding: Sassower v. Mangano, et al."

Erica Raved’s February 24, 1994 letter to Doris Sassower

CJA’s October 17, 1994 letter to City Bar President Barbara Paul Robinson -- "RE: Amicus Support before the U.S. Supreme Court"

   -- enclosing Doris Sassower's September 28, 1994 letter to John Borek, Esq.

CJA’s October 27, 1994 letter to President Robinson

Alan Rothstein’s December 13, 1994 letter to CJA

1996

CJA’s January 9, 1996 letter to Daniel Kolb, Chair, Judiciary Committee

CJA’s January 25, 1996 letter to Legal Referral Service -- RE: "Legal Assistance for Public Interest Case"
   -- transmitting copy of the record in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct of the State of New York 

CJA’s March 18, 1996 letter to President Robinson -- "RE: New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct"
 
 (indicated copies to Assembly Judiciary Committee, Mayor Giuliani, Governor Pataki, City Bar Counsel Rothstein, NY County Lawyers Association (ATT: Irwin Davidson/Exec Director; Klaus Eppler/President), Ronald Russo, attorney for Judge Duckman, NYS Bar Association President Maxwell Pfeifer, NY media)
   
Ex A: "Protect Judges From Politicians", op-ed article by President Robinson, NYT, March 14, 1996,
              & "Rush to Judgment By Pataki Criticized", letter to editor by President Robinson, NYLJ,
              March 6, 1996
    Ex B:  "Ethics Opinion Allows Criticism of Trial Judge", NYLJ, February 29, 1996
    Ex C: "Comm'n Abandons Investigative Mandate", CJA's lletter to editor, NYLJ, August 14, 1995
    Ex D:  CJA's January 25, 1996 letter to City Bar's Legal Referral Service
    Ex E: "26 Bar Groups Join To Defend Judiciary", NYLJ, 3/8/96
    Ex F:  CJA's February 20, 1996 letter to Mayor Giuliani
    Ex G:  CJA's February 27, 1996 letter to Mayor Giuliani


President Robinson’s March 26, 1996 letter to CJA

CJA’s April 12, 1996 letter to President Robinson -- "RE: The Legal Community's Ethical/Professional Responsibility"
  (indicated copies to Steven Krane, Chairman/Committee on Professional & Judicial Ethics; Helaine Barnett, Esq., Former City Bar President Feerick; Incoming City Bar President Michael Cardozo, Gary Brown, Exec. Director/Fund for Modern Courts; Assembly Judiciary Committee, Governor Pataki, Mayor Giuliani, NY Co. Bar Association (Davidson & Eppler); NYS Bar Association President Maxwell Pfeifer, Ronald Russo, Esq., NY media)
   
Ex C:  City Bar's guide, "How to Complain About Lawyers and Judges in New York City"
     Ex D:  CJA's August 22, 1995 ltr to John Feerick/Chairman, Fund for Modern Courts

 
April 17, 1996 letter of Steven Krane, Chair, Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics -- "RE: Inquiry Reference No. 96-16"

CJA’s May 16, 1996 letter to Alan Rothstein -- "RE: Statement of May 10, 1996"

(cc) CJA’s May 23, 1996 letter to Assembly Judiciary Committee -- "RE: New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct"

-- cc: Michael Cardozo, President-Elect

Alan Rothstein’s May 24, 1996 letter to CJA

1997

CJA’s February 10, 1997 letter to Alan Rothstein
   (indicated copies to Victor Kovner, Esq., City Bar President Cardozo, Robert Jossen, Chairman/Judicial Conduct Committee; Daniel Kolb, Chairman/Judiciary Committee; Fern Schair, Executive Secretary & Chief Administrative Officer of the City Bar; John Feerick, Chairman/Fund for Modern Courts; Gary Brown, Exec Director/Fund for Modern Courts; Ron Russo, Esq. (attorney for Judge Duckman))
 
Ex A: CJA's January 25, 1996 letter to City Bar's Legal Referral Service
   Ex B: "A Call for Concerted Action", CJA's $1,648 ad, NYLJ, November 20, 1996
   Ex C-1: CJA's August 22, 1995 letter to John Feerick, Chairman/Fund for Modern Courts
   Ex C-2: John Feerick's August 28, 1995 letter
   Ex D:  CJA's January 9, 1996 letter to Daniel Kolb, Chairman/Judiciary Committee
   Ex E: "Comm'n Abandons Investigative Mandate", CJA's letter to editor, NYLJ, August 14, 1995



CJA’s March 7, 1997 letter to President Cardozo -- "RE: Supplement to City Bar's February 7, 1997 Report"
  
(indicated copies to Governor Pataki, Chief Judge Kaye, William Dallas, Esq., Robert Haig, Chairman/Council on Judicial Administration; Daniel Kolb, Chairman/Judiciary Committee, David Pfalzgraf, President/Erie Co. Bar Association; Helen Druce, Exec. Director, Onondaga Co. Bar Association, Ron Russo (atty for Judge Duckman), NYT, NYLJ)
     
Ex. A-1: "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", CJA's ltr to editor, NYT, November 16, 1996
      Ex. A-2: "A Call for Concerted Action", CJA's $1,648 paid ad, NYLJ, November 20, 1996
      Ex. B: CJA's June 11, 1996 letter to NYS Senators
      Ex. C: CJA's June 12, 1996 letter to Michael Finnegan
      Ex. D: City Bar program, "How to Become a Judge", December 7, 1996
      Ex. E-1: NYLJ item, March 4, 1997
      Ex. E-2: "Pataki Names Panels For Judicial Screening", NYLJ, March 6, 1997
      Ex. F: CJA's February 10, 1997 letter to Alan Rothstein, City Bar Counsel
      Ex. G: CJA's August 22, 1995 letter to John Feerick, Chairman/Fund for Modern Courts
      Ex. H: CJA's May 6, 1996 letter to James McGuire
      Ex. I-1: "Lawyers' Attacks on Judges Risk Censure", by Cardozo, National Law Journal, August 26, 1996
      Ex. I-2: City Bar program, "POLITICIANS ON JUDGES: Fair Criticism or Intimidation?", October 7, 1996

CJA’s April 25, 1997 letter to Robert Jossen, Chair, Special Committee on Judicial Conduct -- "RE: Dissemination of Materials to the Committee on Judicial Conduct"

CJA’s May 6, 1997 fax to President Cardozo, transmitting CJA's May 5, 1997notice-challenge RE: File of Article 78 proceeding, Doris L. Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct, N.Y. Co. Clerk #95-109141"
      Ex. A-1: "Commission Abandons Investigative Mandate", CJA's ltr to editor, NYLJ, 8/14/95
      Ex. A-2: "A Call for Concerted Action", CJA's $1,648 ad, NYLJ, 11/20/96
      Ex. B: CJA's 3-page analysis of the fraudulent judicial decision in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission, with annexed law:
      22 NYCRR 7000.1 et seq., Judiciary Law 44.1, NYS Constitution, Article VI, Sec. 22


CJA’s May 8, 1997 letter to Lawrence Zweifach, member, Special Committee on Judicial Conduct -- "RE: May 14, 1997 public hearing"

CJA’s May 13, 1997 fax to Chairman Jossen --"RE: Tomorrow's hearing"

CJA’s May 13, 1997 fax to Lawrence Zweifach --"RE: Tomorrow's hearing"

CJA’s May 13, 1997 fax to Chairman Jossen --"RE: Tomorrow's hearing"

CJA’s May 14, 1997 testimony before the Special Committee on Judicial Conduct

CJA's June 12, 1997 memo for City Bar President Cardozo -- "RE: Ensuring the public's right to basic information about the Governor's judicial appointments process and protecting it from unfit judicial nominees"
   -- transmitting CJA's June 2, 1997 letter to Governor Pataki -- "RE: The public's right to basic information and your unworthy appointment of Justice Nicholas Colabella to the Appellate Division, First Department"
      Ex. A-1: Gov's press release announcing members of state judicial screening committee & 3 jud. appointments
      Ex. A-2: "Colabella to Appellate Division", NYLJ, 5/15/97
      Ex. B: Executive Order #11: Temporary Judicial Screening Committee
      Ex. C: Executive Order #10: Judicial Screening Committees
      Ex. D: "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", CJA's ltr to editor, NYT, 11/16/96
      Ex. E: "Pataki Names Panels for Judicial Screening", NYLJ, 3/6/97
      Ex. F: Gov's classified ads of judicial vacancies
      Ex. G: City Bar's Uniform Judicial Questionnaire
      Ex. H: 3/24/92 front-page correction in NYLJ, with Doris Sassower's letter to the editor
      Ex. I-1: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?", CJA's $16,770 op-ed ad, NYT, 10/26/94
      Ex. I-2: Doris Sassower's Director's Biography
      Ex J-1: "Appellate Selection Process Stirs Concern", NYLJ, 12/10/96
      Ex. J-2: December 16, 1996 item, NYLJ
      Ex. K: NY Judge Reviews (1997-8 edition)


 CJA’s September 4, 1997 fax to Alan Rothstein, enclosing “Restraining ‘Liars in the Courtroom’ and on the Public Payroll ”, CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, August 27, 1997

CJA’s September 15, 1997 letter to Alan Rothstein -- "RE: Amicus Support: Letter Support: Sassower v. Mangano, et al."
     -- SEE Test Cases - Federal (Mangano)

CJA’s November 10, 1997 letter to Alan Rothstein -- "RE: Amicus Support: Sassower v. Mangano, et al."

CJA’s December 17, 1997 fax to Alan Rothstein

CJA’s December 19, 1997 memo to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: Protecting the Public from unfit judicial appointees"

CJA’s December 22, 1997 memo to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: Taking Action to Protect the Public from Unfit Judicial Nominees"

CJA’s December 23, 1997 memo to Chairman Kolb -- RE: "O'Rourke Nomination to the Court of Claims"

Mr. Rothstein’s December 23, 1997 letter to CJA

CJA’s December 30, 1997 memo to Chairman Kolb -- RE: "Protecting the Integrity of the Judicial Selection Process for Appointive State Court Judgeships"

1998

CJA’s January 8, 1998 fax to Alan Rothstein -- "Opposition to O'Rourke Ct of Claims Judgeship & Public's Right to Basic Information"
   -- enclosing CJA's January 8, 1998 letter to Chief Judge Kaye

CJA’s January 12, 1998 fax to Chairman Kolb

CJA’s January 14, 1998 fax to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: Follow-Through"

CJA’s January 26, 1998 fax to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: Effective Strategies"

CJA’s January 29, 1998 memo to Chairman Kolb

CJA’s January 30, 1998 fax to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: Andrew O'Rourke: Withdrawal of OCA approval of waiver"

CJA’s January 30, 1998 fax to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: O'Rourke Waiver"

CJA’s February 2, 1998 fax to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: O'Rourke waiver"

CJA’s February 2, 1998 fax to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: O'Rourke waiver"

CJA’s February 5, 1998 memo to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: O'Rourke waiver"

CJA’s February 5, 1998 memo to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: O'Rourke waiver"

CJA’s February 6, 1998 memo to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: O'Rourke waiver"

CJA’s February 10, 1998 memo to President Cardozo -- "RE: O'Rourke Waiver"

CJA’s February 16, 1998 memo to Chairman Kolb -- "RE: O'Rourke waiver"

CJA’s March 7, 1998 letter to Chairman Kolb

CJA’s August 12, 1998 letter to Alan Rothstein -- "RE: The City Bar's Responsibilities under the Professional and Ethical Codes of Conduct"
  -- enclosing cert petition, etc in Sassower v. Mangano
     -- SEE Test Cases - Federal (Mangano)
 
CJA’s September 4, 1998 fax to Alan Rothstein -- "RE: 9/9/98 Debate of Would-Be Democratic A.G. Candidates"

CJA's September 8, 1998 memo - Att: Alan Rothstein -- "RE: September 9th debate between the candidates for the Democratic nomination for New York State Attorney General"
  
Ex A-1:  "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, 8/27/97
    Ex A-2: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?", CJA's $16,770 ad, NYT, 10/26/94, r
                reprinted in the NYLJ, 11/1/94, for an additional $2,280
    Ex B: CJA's September 7, 1998 letter to A.G. Democratic candidate Koppell
    Ex C: CJA's September 7, 1998 letter to A.G. Democratic candidate Spitzer
    Ex D: CJA's September 7, 1998 letter to A.G. Democratic candidate Davis
    Ex E: CJA's September 7, 1998 letter to A.G. Democratic candidate Abate


CJA's September 9, 1998 hand-out -- "IS CASE FILE EVIDENCE OF JUDICIAL CORRUPTION AND COLLUSION BY THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL 'TOO HOT' FOR THE CANDIDATES"

CJA’s November 6, 1998 memo to City Bar President Michael Cooper -- "RE: Your continuing ethical and professional obligations, based on the record-supported presentation in Sassower v. Mangano, et al, S.Ct. #98-106"
   
     -- SEE Test Cases - Federal (Mangano)

CJA’s November 18, 1998 letter to Executive Committee -- "RE: Protecting the Public from the Dysfunctional, Politicized and Corrupted New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination"
         -- SEE: Judicial Selection - NYS - Ct of Appeals: "Merit Selection"- Rosenblatt

1999

CJA’s May 18, 1999 letter to President Cooper -- "RE: AMICUS AND OTHER LEGAL ASSISTANCE; REFERRAL TO THE CITY BAR'S COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT"
      -- SEE Test Cases - State (Commission)

CJA’s May 19, 1999 fax to Alan Rothstein -- "RE: newly-commenced Article 78 proceeding vs NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct"

CJA’s May 19, 1999 letter to Lawrence Zweifach -- "RE: REVIEW BY THE CITY BAR'S COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT; AMICUS AND OTHER LEGAL ASSISTANCE"

2000

CJA’s February 9, 2000 letter to Alan Rothstein -- "Vindicating the Rule of Law and Public Interest in Elena Ruth Sassower, Coordinator of the Center for Judicial accountability, Inc., acting pro bono publico v. Commission on Judicial Conduct of the State of New York (NY Co. #99-108551)

CJA's June 20, 2000 letter to City Bar President Evan Davis -- RE: "Request, inter alia, for the City Bar's (1) establishment of a Standing Committee on Judicial Conduct; and (2) amicus support and legal assistance in Elena Ruth Sassower, Coordinator of the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc., acting pro bono publico v. Commission on Judicial Conduct of the State of New York  (NY Co. #99-108551)"
  
Ex A-1: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law", CJA's $16,770 ad, NYT, October 26, 1994
   Ex A-2: "A Call for Concerted Action", CJA's $1,648 ad, NYLJ, November 20, 1996
   Ex A-3: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, August 27, 1997
   Ex A-4: "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", CJA's ltr to editor, NYT, November 16, 1996
   Ex A-5: "O'Rourke's appointment was illegal", CJA's ltr to editor, Daily News, February 13, 1998
   Ex A-6: "No Justification for Process's Secrecy", CJA's ltr to editor, NYLJ, January 24, 1996
   Ex A-7: "An Appeal to Fairness: Revisit the Court of Appeals", CJA's ltr to editor, NYPost, December 28, 1998
   Ex A-8: "Comm'n Abandons Investigative Mandate", CJA's ltr to editor, NYLJ, August 14, 1995
   Ex A-9: "Untrustworthy Ratings?", CJA's ltr to the editor, NYT, July 17, 1992
   Ex A-10: "Without Merit: The Empty Promise of Judicial Discipline", CJA article, The Long Term View (Massachusetts School of Law), summer 1997
   Ex B-1:  CJA's testimony about the Commission on Judicial Conduct at the May 14, 1997 public hearing of the City Bar Special Committee on Judicial Conduct
   Ex B-2:  CJA's May 5, 1997 notice-challenge
        Ex. A-1: "Commission Abandons Investigative Mandate", CJA's ltr to editor, NYLJ, August 14, 1995
        Ex. A-2: "A Call for Concerted Action", CJA's $1,648 ad, NYLJ, November 20, 1996
        Ex. B: CJA's 3-page analysis of the fraudulent judicial decision in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission, with annexed law: 22 NYCRR 7000.1 et seq., Judiciary Law 44.1, NYS Constitution, Article VI, Sec. 22
   Ex C: Inventories of transmitted documents
   Ex D-1:  CJA's May 18, 1999 letter to President Michael Cooper
   Ex D-2: CJA's May 19, 1999 fax to Alan Rothstein
   Ex D-3: CJA's February 9, 1999 ltr to Alan Rothstein
   Ex E:  Notice of Appeal & Pre-Argument Statement
   Ex F:  CJA's January 26, 1999 written questions for A.G. Spitzer and transcript of January 27, 1999 exchange with Spitzer

  
COMPENDIUM I: Correspondence with City Bar Prior to the May 14, 1997 Hearing of the Ad Hoc Committee on Judicial Conduct

COMPENDIUM II: Correspondence with City Bar Subsequent to the May 14, 1997 Hearing of the Ad Hoc Committee on Judicial Conduct

CJA’s June 22, 2000 letter to Alan Rothstein -- "RE: CJA's June 20, 2000 letter to President Evan Davis"

CJA’s July 3, 2000 letter to Barry Kamins, Chair, Judiciary Committee -- "RE: The City Bar's professional responsibilities relative to: (a) its rating approving Susan K. Knipps to the civil court and; (2) ensuring the integrity of the July 6th 'Public Hearing' of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary with respect to Ms. Knipps' appointment"

CJA’s July 10, 2000 letter to Chairman Kamins -- "RE: The Post-Hearing Procedures of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary in Connection with CJA's opposition to the Mayor's Prospective Appointment of Susan K. Knipps to the Civil Court"

July 12, 2000 letter of Dennis Cariello, Presidential Fellow to Barry Kamins

CJA’s July 25, 2000 letter to Chairman Kamins -- "RE: Responding to the July 12, 2002 Letter of Dennis Cariello, Presidential Fellow of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York"

(cc) to City Bar President Davis & City Bar Judiciary Committee Chairman Kamins:
      CJA's September 18, 2000 letter to Guy Miller Struve, Esq., and P. Kevin Castel, Esq. -- "RE: The City Bar's Concealment of Pertinent Background Facts about the 'Committee on Judicial Conduct' from the Committee's own Chairman and Members"

CJA's October 16, 2000 report on the corruption of "Merit Selection" by the NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination
     
Ex A-1: "An Appeal to Fairness: Revisit the Court of Appeals", ltr to the editor, NYPost, 12/28/98
      Ex A-2: CJA's March 26, 1999 ethics complaint to the NYS Ethics Commission
      Ex B:  CJA's September 15, 1999 ethics complaint/supplement to the NYS Ethics Commission
      Ex C-1: CJA's October 6, 2000 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex C-2: Commission on Judicial Nomination's October 4, 2000 report of recommendees
      Ex D-1:  CJA's October 11, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex D-2:  CJA's October 11, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex D-3:  October 13, 2000 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex E-1: February 24, 2000 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination, enclosing Commission's
                     November 12, 1998 report of recommendees
      Ex E-2:  CJA's March 12, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex F:  CJA's February 5, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex A-1:  November 25, 1998 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex. A-2: CJA's December 1, 1998 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex. B:  CJA's December 16, 1998 letter to Senior Counsel/NYS Senate Judiciary Committee
          Ex. C:  "An Appeal to Fairness: Revisit the Court of Appeals", NY Post, 12/28/98
          Ex. D:  CJA's January 13, 1999 letter to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee/Clerk
      Ex G-1: April 26, 1999 letter of Exec.Director/NYS Committee on Open Government
      Ex G-2: CJA's May 3, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Ex H: CJA's October 5, 1998 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
          Ex. A: NYLJ notices, 9/15/98, 9/21/98
          Ex. B-1: Commission on Judicial Nomination brochure
          Ex. B-2-5: Commission on Judicial Nomination questionnaire
          Ex. C: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?", NYT, 10/26/94 
          Ex. D: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom and on the Public Payroll", NYLJ, 8/27/97
          Ex. E-1: "Commission Abandons Investigative Mandate", NYLJ, 8/14/95
          Ex. E-2: "A Call for Concerted Action", NYLJ, 11/20/96
          Ex. F:  "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", 11/16/96
      Ex I: CJA's November 18, 1998 letter to Exec. Committee/City Bar
      Ex J-1:  "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", ltr to the editor, NYT, 11/16/96
      Ex J-2: CJA's June 13, 1996 letter to Counsel to Governor Pataki
      Ex J-3: CJA's June 11, 1996 letter to NYS Senate

          Ex.  A: CJA's April 18, 1996 letter to Counsel/Senate Judiciary Committee
                Ex. D: "Commission Abandons Investigative Mandate", NYLJ, 8/14/95
                Ex. F:  CJA's 3-page analysis of decision in Doris L. Sassower v. Commission on Judicial Conduct
          Ex. B:  CJA's April 29, 1996 letter to Counsel to Governor Pataki 
      Ex K:  NYS Assembly Bill: February 23, 1983 


INVENTORY OF FILE FOLDER A:  documents pertaining to the Commission on Judicial Nomination's recommendation of Stephen Crane as "well qualified" for appointment to the NY Court of Appeals

INVENTORY OF FILE FOLDER B:  documents pertaining to the Commission on Judicial Nomination's recommendation of Juanita Bing Newton as "well qualified" for appointment to the NY Court of Appeals

CJA's November 13, 2000 report on the complicity of the bar associations in the corruption of "merit selection" to the NY Court of Appeals
      Ex A-1: City Bar President Evan Davis' October 18, 2000 letter to Governor Pataki, with accompanying
                        October 18, 2000 press release
       Ex A-2: October 19, 2000 front-page item, NYLJ
      Ex A-3:  CJA's October 16, 2000 fax coversheet to City Bar Counsel
       Ex A-4: CJA's October 19, 2000 fax to City Bar Counsel
       Ex A-5:  October 19, 2000 fax from City Bar Counsel
      Ex A-6:  October 25, 2000 fax coversheet from City Bar Counsel, enclosing member rosters
       Ex A-7:  November 17, 1998 fax from City Bar Counsel with Executive Committee membership
       Ex B-1: State Bar President's October 24, 2000  letter to Gov. Pataki with accompanying "Guidelines for Evaluating
                         Qualifications of Judicial Candidates"
       Ex B-2: State Bar's October 24, 2000 "News Release"
       Ex B-3: 10/25/00 NYLJ front page item on State Bar's ratings
       Ex B-4: CJA's October 25, 2000 fax to State Bar counsel
       Ex B-5: State Bar membership list of its Executive Committee & Judicial Selection Committee
       Ex B-6: State bar President's November 2, 2000 letter to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee
       Ex C-1: Women's Bar Association's 10/20/00 "Media Advisory"
       Ex C-2: October 23, 2000 NYLJ front-page item on Women's Bar ratings
       Ex C-3: CJA's October 23, 2000 letter to Women's Bar
       Ex C-4: website of Women's Bar listing its officers & past presidents
      Ex D-1:  October 20, 2000 letter from President/NYS Trial Lawyers Association to Gov. Pataki's counsel
       Ex D-2: Trial Lawyers' October 20, 2000 "News Release"
       Ex D-3: October 24, 2000 NYLJ front-page item on Trial Lawyers' ratings
       Ex D-4: CJA's October 24, 2000 letter-fax to Trial Lawyers
       Ex E: "Court of Appeals Nominees Grilled by Bar Groups", October 17, 2000 front-page article, NYLJ
       Ex F-1: Gov Pataki's November 2, 2000 press release: "Governor Pataki Nominates Graffeo to Court of Appeals"
       Ex F-2: "Pataki Selects Judge for Appeals Court He Sees as Lenient", NYT, November 3, 2000
       Ex F-3: "Pataki Names Graffeo to Court of Appeals", NYLJ, November 3, 2000
       Ex G: CJA's June 20, 2000 letter to City Bar President Evan Davis
       Ex H-1: CJA's September 18, 2000 letter to Guy Miller Struve & P. Kevin Castel
       Ex H-2: November 3, 2000 front-page item/NYLJ
       Ex I-1: CJA's November 19, 1998 letter to Chairman/NYS Bar's Judicial Selection Committee
       Ex I-2: CJA's January 4, 1999 letter to State Bar President
       Ex I-3: CJA's February 17, 1999 letter to State Bar President
       Ex I-4: February 18, 1999 letter from Counsel/NYS Bar
       Ex J-1: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?"
      Ex J-2: CJA's June 1, 1995 letter to Chairman/State Bar Committee on Professional Discipline
       Ex J-3: June 5, 1995 letter from Counsel/NYS Bar
       Ex K: CJA's November 19, 1998 letter to Co-Chair/Women's Bar Judiciary Committee/with fax coversheets to her
               & her Co-Chair, and Women's Bar President


CJA’s November 13, 2000 letter to President Davis -- ATT: Alan Rothstein -- "RE: CJA's November 13, 2000 report, 'The Complicitous Roles of the Bar Associations in the Corruption of 'Merit Selection' Appointment to the NY Court of Appeals'"
        
SEE: Judicial Selection - NY: Ct of Appeals "Merit Selection"-Graffeo

2001


CJA’s January 29, 2001 letter to Alan Rothstein -- "RE: Amicus and other assistance in the appeal of the public interest Article 78 proceeding, Elena Ruth Sassower, Coordinator of the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc., acting pro bono publico, against Commission  on Judicial Conduct of the State of New York (NY Co. #108551/99; Appellate Division, First Dept. Cal #2000-5434)"

CJA’s August 10, 2001 letter to Alan Rothstein -- "RE: On the Issue of Standing -- Amicus and other assistance in the appeal of the public interest Article 78 proceeding, Elena Ruth Sassower, Coordinator of the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc., acting pro bono publico, against Commission  on Judicial Conduct of the State of New York (NY Co. #108551/99; Appellate Division, First Dept: September Term"

2002

CJA’s December 16, 2002 e-mail to Alan Rothstein -- "RE: City Bar Endorsement of CJA's December 16, 2002 letter to NYS Senate Leadership for Postponement of Senate Confirmation Proceedings on the Nomination of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman"
  -- SEE: Judicial Selection - NYS - Judicial Appointments-Lower Cts (Lack) & Chronological Trail

2003

CJA's January 23, 2003 memo to Alan Rothstein & Jayne Biegelsen, Legislative Director on "Developing an Legislative/Advocacy Agenda for 2003"

CJA’s March 26, 2003 e-mail -- "Subj: Bar Evaluations of Wesley & Castel"

CJA's March 26, 2003 written statement to City Bar Judiciary Committee & ABA Committee -- "RE: Bar Evaluations of the Qualifications of New York Court of Appeals Judge Richard C. Wesley, Nominated to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and of P. Kevin Castel, Nominated to the District Court of the Southern District of New York"
   
Ex A-1:  ABA's "Evaluation Criteria"
     Ex A-2:  City Bar's "Guidelines for Evaluating Candidates for Judicial Office"
     Ex B:  pages from Wesley's questionnaire
     Ex C:   pages from August 17, 2001 motion for disqualification/disclosure in Appellate Division, First Dept.
     Ex D: CJA's August 6, 1998 judicial misconduct complaint
     Ex E:  pages from Castel's questionnaire
     Ex F-1: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, 8/27/97
     Ex F-2:  "Without Merit: The Empty Promise of Judicial Discipline", by Elena Sassower, The Long Term View (Massachusetts School of Law) summer 1997

THE FINAL TWO MOTIONS IN THE COMMISSION CASE:   [Test Cases-State (Commission)]

     (1) October 15, 2002 reargument/vacatur
          for fraud motion & annexed exhibits

      (2) October 24, 2002 motion for leave to appeal
              & annexed exhibits


    CJA's September 18, 2000 letter to P. Kevin  Castel
        -- CJA's June 20, 2000 letter to City Bar President Davis


CJA’s June 13, 2003 memo to City Bar Judiciary Committee -- Chairman Jeh Charles Johnson -- "RE: Bringing Accountability to the ABA and City Bar by calling upon them (1) to justify their barebones ratings of Richard C. Wesley and P. Kevin Castel for federal judgeships by disgorging their findings pertaining to CJA's March 26, 2003 written statement; (2) to respond to the recommendations of the 1986 Common Cause report and the 1996 Miller Center Commission report for substantiated bar ratings [pp. 4-6]; (3) to confront the fundamental standards disqualifying candidates for judicial office articulated by CJA's March 26, 2003 statement [pp. 8-9]"

CJA’s June 16, 2003 e-mail  -- "Subj: Bar Association Ratings of Richard Wesley & P. Kevin Castel, etc."

2006

CJA's September 1, 2006 memo to President Barry Kamins -- "RE: QUESTIONS FOR THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL"  
                   SEE: Elections 2006: Informing the Voters
 

2009

CJA's September 17, 2009 letter to New York City Bar Association -- "RE:  The New York City Bar Association's 'Valuable Input' to The New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination"

CJA's September 24, 2009 memo to, inter alia, NYC Bar Association -- "RE:  Building Dialogue & Scholarship: 'Merit Selection' to the New York Court of Appeals"     
 

CJA's September 21, 2009 Comment to the Commission on Judicial Nomination's Proposed Revised Rules
        Exhibit A-1:      Merit System For Choosing Judges Isn’t A Cure-all”,
                               NYT, 1/28/79 
        Exhibit A-2:      “Cuomo Clashes With Committee Over Judgeships: Asks Panel to
                               Disregard Law on Nominations
”, NYT, 12/20/82
        Exhibit A-3:      “The Dispute Over Selections for Court of Appeals”, NYT,
                               12/27/82
        Exhibit A-4(a):   “The Campaign for Governor is Over: What’s on Trial Is
                                How Best to Pick Judges
”,   NYT, 12/29/82, editorial
        Exhibit A-4(b):    “Judges Are Better Elected Than Selected”, NYT, 1/11/83, 
                                 letter to the editor by Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink
        Exhibit A-5:       “Cuomo Requests Greater Leeway To Select Judges: 
                                Seeks Revised Procedure for Top Court in State
”,
                                NYT, 12/30/82
        Exhibit A-6:      “Picking of Judges Assailed by Cuomo: Wants More
                               Options in Filling Appeals Court Vacancies
”, NYT, 8/15/83
        Exhibit A-7:      “Judge Selection for New York’s High Court: The System
                               Works
”, NYT, 8/30/83, letter to the editor by Senate
                               Minority Leader Manfred Orenstein
        Exhibit A-8:      “Cuomo Gets Names For Top Court Job: He Criticizes
                               Lack of Diversity in List of 7 for Chief Judge
”, NYT, 12/2/84
        Exhibit A-9:      “Challenge for Cuomo: Picking Judges”, NYT, 12/7/84
        Exhibit A-10:   “How Manhattan Stole the Judiciary”, NYLJ, 12/9/93,
                              by Appellate Division Justice William C. Thompson
        Exhibit B-1:    “Court of Appeals Candidates Are Named”, NYLJ, 12/3/02
        Exhibit B-2:    “Few Appellate Judges Apply for Wesley’s Seat”, NYLJ,
                             9/18/03
        Exhibit B-3:    “Model for Selecting Top Court Judges Reveals Its Flaws”,
                            NYLJ, 11/13/03
        Exhibit C:      “Semi-Secret Court of Appeals Nominations Draws
                            Criticism
”, NYLJ, 11/2/00
        Exhibit D-1:   May 10, 1978 letter from Assemblyman Charles Henderson
                           to Governor Hugh Carey, from legislative bill jacket,
                           Chapter 156, Laws of 1978
        Exhibit D-2:   Election Flyer: “On Tuesday, November 8, 1977 For Better
                            Courts Vote YES on Court Reform Amendments”
        Exhibit E-1:   “Wider Selection Urged for Governor”, NYLJ, 12/23/82,
                           letter to the editor by Supreme Court Justice James J. Leff
        Exhibit E-2:   “Changes Needed In Judicial Selection”, NYLJ, 11/30/82,
                           letter to the editor by Acting Supreme Court Justice Walter
                           M. Schackman

CJA's November 23, 2009 memo to, inter alia, NYC Bar Association -- "RE:  Building Dialogue & Scholarship: 'Merit Selection' to the New York Court of Appeals"

 

 

 

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