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New York State Bar Association

1990

NJC’s October 1, 1990 fax to Angelo Cometa, President
   -- SEE: Judicial Selection - NYS Judicial Elections - Castracan v. Colavita

October 2, 1990 letter from Kathleen Mulligan Baxter, Counsel

1995

 

CJA's February 3, 1995 letter to Professor J. Carlisle, Member - NYSBA Committee on Professional Discipline
   (indicated copies to Professor Janet Johnson (Chair-Grievance Committee for the 9th Judicial District); Frank Rosiny (Chair-NYSBA Committee on Professional Discipline)
  -- SEE: Test Case - Federal (Mangano)

CJA's April 7, 1995 letter to Professor J. Carlisle
  (indicated copies to Committee Chair Rosiny & Professor Janet Johnson)

CJA's May 16, 1995 letter to Richard Grayson,
Member - NYSBA Committee on Professional Discipline
   (indicated copies to Patricia Gorman (Counsel, NYS Assembly Judiciary Committee); Chairman Rosiny, Professor Carlisle, Professor Janet Johnson)

CJA's June 1, 1995 letter to Frank Rosiny, Chairman, Committee on Professional Discipline -- "RE: Unconstitutionality of New York's attorney disciplinary law, as written and as applied"
   (indicated copies to President Maxwell Pfeifer; Haliburton Fales (Chairman/First Dept Disciplinary Committee & Task Force on the Profession), Martin Adelman, Esq., Professor Jay Carlisle & Richard Grayson, (members Committee on Professional Discipline); Hal Lieberman (member-Committee on Professional Discipline & Chief Counsel-First Dept Disciplinary Committee) Sheldon Elsen (First Dept Disciplinary Committee, Patricia Gorman (Counsel -NYS Assembly Judiciary Committee)

June 5, 1995 letter from Kathleen Mulligan Baxter, Counsel, NYSBA  (indicated copy to Frank Rosiny)
 

1997

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 letter 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

1998

CJA's January 9, 1998 letter to Joshua Pruzansky, President

CJA's January 12, 1998 letter to President Pruzansky

CJA's February 9, 1998 letter to President Pruzansky, with inventory of transmittal

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

CJA’s November 19, 1998 letter to Howard Stave, Chair, Judicial Selection Committee

1999

CJA’s January 4, 1999 letter to James C. Moore, President -- "RE: Appointment of Justice Albert Rosenblatt to the Court of Appeals"
   (indicated copy to Howard Stave, Chair, NYSBA Judicial Selection Committee)

CJA’s February 17, 1999 letter to President Moore -- "RE: New York State Bar Association's Committee on Judicial Selection"

Ms. Baxter’s February 18, 1999 letter

2000


CJA's OCTOBER 16, 2000 REPORT ON THE CORRUPTION OF "MERIT SELECTION" BY THE NYS COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL NOMINATION

     Exhibit A-1: "An Appeal to Fairness: Revisit the Court of Appeals", letter to the editor, NYPost, 12/28/98
      Exhibit A-2: CJA's March 26, 1999 ethics complaint to the NYS Ethics Commission
      Exhibit B:  CJA's September 15, 1999 ethics complaint/supplement to the NYS Ethics Commission
      Exhibit C-1: CJA's October 6, 2000 letter to NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit C-2: Commission on Judicial Nomination's 10/4/00 report of recommendees
      Exhibit D-1:  CJA's October 11, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit D-2:  CJA's October 11, 2000 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit D-3:  October 13, 2000 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit E-1: February 24, 2000 letter from Counsel/Commission on Judicial Nomination, enclosing Commission's
                     November 12, 1998 report of recommendees
      Exhibit E-2:  CJA's March 12, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit 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
      Exhibit G-1: April 26, 1999 letter of Exec.Director/NYS Committee on Open Government
      Exhibit G-2: CJA's May 3, 1999 letter to Commission on Judicial Nomination
      Exhibit 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
      Exhibit I: CJA's November 18, 1998 letter to Exec. Committee/City Bar
      Exhibit J-1:  "On Choosing Judges, Pataki Creates Problems", letter to the editor, NYT, 11/16/96
      Exhibit J-2: CJA's June 12, 1996 letter to Counsel to Governor Pataki
      Exhibit J-3: CJA's June 11, 1996 letter to NYS Senate
          Ex.  A: CJA's April 18, 1896 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 

      Exhibit K:  NYS Assembly Bill: 2/23/83 

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"
       Exhibit A-1: City Bar President Evan Davis' October 18, 2000 ltr to Governor Pataki, with accompanying
                        October 18, 2000 press release
       Exhibit A-2: 10/19/00 front-page item, NYLJ
       Exhibit A-3:  CJA's 10/16/00 fax coversheet to City Bar Counsel
       Exhibit A-4: CJA's October 19, 2000 fax to City Bar Counsel
       Exhibit A-5:  October 19, 2000 fax from City Bar Counsel
       Exhibit A-6:  October 25, 2000 fax coversheet from City Bar Counsel, enclosing member rosters
       Exhibit A-7:  November 17, 1998 fax from City Bar Counsel with Executive Committee membership
       Exhibit B-1: State Bar President's October 24, 2000 ltr to Gov. Pataki with accompanying "Guidelines for Evaluating
                         Qualifications of Judicial Candidates"
       Exhibit B-2: State Bar's October 24, 2000 "News Release"
       Exhibit B-3: 10/25/00 NYLJ front page item on State Bar's ratings
       Exhibit B-4: CJA's October 25, 2000 fax to State Bar counsel
       Exhibit B-5: State Bar membership list of its Executive Committee & Judicial Selection Committee
       Exhibit B-6: State Bar President's November 2, 2000 ltr to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee
       Exhibit C-1: Women's Bar Association's October 20, 2000 "Media Advisory"
       Exhibit C-2: 10/23/00 NYLJ front-page item on Women's Bar ratings
       Exhibit C-3: CJA's October 23, 2000 letter to Women's Bar
       Exhibit C-4: website of Women's Bar listing its officers & past presidents
       Exhibit D-1: October 20, 2000 letter from President/NYS Trial Lawyers Association to Gov. Pataki's counsel
       Exhibit D-2: Trial Lawyers' October 20, 2000 "News Release"
       Exhibit D-3: 10/24/00 NYLJ front-page item on Trial Lawyers' ratings
       Exhibit D-4: CJA's October 24, 2000 letter-fax to Trial Lawyers
       Exhibit E: "Court of Appeals Nominees Grilled by Bar Groups", 10/17/00 front-page article, NYLJ
       Exhibit F-1: Gov Pataki's November 2, 2000 press release: "Governor Pataki Nominates Graffeo to Court of Appeals"
       Exhibit F-2: "Pataki Selects Judge for Appeals Court He Sees as Lenient", NYT, 11/3/00
       Exhibit F-3: "Pataki Names Graffeo to Court of Appeals", NYLJ, 11/3/00
       Exhibit G: CJA's June 20, 2000 letter to Cit Bar President Evan Davis
       Exhibit H-1: CJA's September 18, 2000 letter to Guy Miller Struve & P. Kevin Castel
       Exhibit H-2: 11/3/00 front-page item/NYLJ
       Exhibit I-1: CJA's November 19, 1998 letter to Chairman/NYS Bar's Judicial Selection Committee
       Exhibit I-2: CJA's January 4, 1999 letter to State Bar President
       Exhibit I-3: CJA's February 17, 1999 letter to State Bar President
       Exhibit I-4: February 18, 1999 letter from Counsel/NYS Bar
       Exhibit J-1: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?"
       Exhibit J-2: June 1, 1995 letter to Chairman/State Bar Committee on Professional Discipline
       Exhibit J-3: June 5, 1995 letter from Counsel/NYS Bar
       Exhibit 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 Michael Hassett, President -- "RE: CJA's November 13, 2000 report, 'The Complicitous Roles of the Bar Associations in the Corruption of 'Merit Selection' Appointment to the New York Court of Appeals"
   (indicated copies to First Department Disciplinary Committee; Institute on Professionalism in the Law, Chief Judge Kaye's Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System)

2001

CJA's March 1, 2001 letter to NYSBA President-Elect Steven Krane -- "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)
   -- SEE Test Cases - State (Commission)

CJA's June 18, 2001 memo to President Krane -- "RE: Governor Pataki's Reappointment of Judge William A. Wetzel to the Court of Claims, Scheduled for a Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2001"
   (also addressed to City Bar President Evan Davis & Fund for Modern Courts Executive Director Steven Zeidman, with indicated to NYS Senate Judiciary Committee)
  --  enclosing CJA's June 17, 2001 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lack  

President Krane's July 5, 2001 letter to CJA

CJA's November 13, 2001 letter to President Krane -- RE: "Your purported 'review' of the 'materials' on which you based the false and defamatory statements in your July 5th letter"
 
(indicated copies to A. Rene Hollyer, Chair-NYSBA Special Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline; NYSBA Albany Office-Kathleen Mulligan Baxter (Counsel); Patricia Bucklin (Executive Director); James Silkenat, Chair-NYS Fellows of the American Bar Foundation)

CJA's November 13, 2001 letter to President Krane -- "RE: Your July 5, 2001 letter -- and CJA's request herein for your endorsement that the New York State Bar Association's Special Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline make findings as to the accuracy of the uncontroverted analyses in the appellate papers of 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 (N.Y. Co. #108551/99) showing that the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has been the beneficiary of FOUR fraudulent judicial decisions, without which it would not have survived, and, upon verification of same, that the Special Committee provide amicus and other support therein and join in CJA's long-standing efforts to obtain an official investigation of the Commission's demonstrated corruption"
   
(indicated copies to A. Rene Hollyer, Chair-NYSBA Special Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline; NYSBA Albany Office-Kathleen Mulligan Baxter (Counsel); Patricia Bucklin (Executive Director); James Silkenat, Chair-NYS Fellows of the American Bar Foundation)
     Ex. D:  Mission Statement of various committees
     Ex. E: "First Baby Boomer to Head NY State Bar Association Will Work to Restore Trust and Confidence in the Legal System", NYSBA press release (6/1/01); "New State Bar President Champions
                Openness, Service
", NYLJ, 6/11/01
     Ex. F: CJA's April 12, 1996 ltr to City Bar President Barbara Paul Robinson
     Ex. G: April 17, 1996 letter of Steven Krane, Chairman, City Bar's Committee on Professional & Judicial Ethics
     Ex H: "Bar Presidents Flourish at Proskauer, Rose", NYLJ, 4/8/96
     Ex. I:  "Ethics Opinion Allows Criticism of Trial Judge", NYLJ, 2/29/96, Formal Opinion of City Bar's Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics
     Ex. J: Exhibits "I-1" to I-4" of CJA's November 13, 2000 report "The Complicitous Role of the Bar Associations in the Corruption of Merit Selection' Appointment to the New York Court of Appeals"
     Ex. K: Exhibits "J-1" to "J-3" of CJA's November 13, 2000 report "The Complicitous Role of the Bar Associations in the Corruption of Merit Selection' Appointment to the New York Court of Appeals"
     Ex. L: CJA's November 13, 2000 letter to State Bar President Hassett/ATT: Counsel Baxter
     Ex. M: Cover, Table of Contents & pp 14-17 of CJA's 11/13/00 report "The Complicitous Role of the Bar  Associations in the Corruption of Merit Selection' Appointment to the New York Court of Appeals"
     Ex. N-1: CJA's March 2, 2001 letter to Patricia Bucklin, Counsel, Chief Judge Kaye's Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System
     Ex. N-2: CJA's March 1, 2001 letter to Chief Judge Kaye
     Ex. N-3: CJA's March 7, 2001 letter to Bucklin, enclosing CJA's March 7, 2001 ltr to Louis Craco, Chairman, Institute onProfessionalism in the Law


CJA's November 13, 2001 letter to A. Rene Hollyer, Chairman, Special Committee on Procedures of Judicial Discipline -- "RE: The duty that the New York State bar Association's Special Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline owes the Association's 72,000 lawyer members to address the corruption of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct -- as readily-verifiable from the record of 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 (N.Y. Co. 108551/99)
  (indicated copies to State Bar President Krane; Kathleen Mulligan Baxter/State Bar Counsel; Patricia Bucklin/State Bar Executive Director; James R. Silkenat, Chair/NY Fellows of the American Bar Foundation)

2002

CJA's January 7, 2002 letter to Chairman Hollyer -- "RE: Request for amicus and other support in the appeal of 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. 108551/99) and advocacy to obtain an official investigation of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, based on the readily-verifiable proof of its corruption"
  (indicated copies to State Bar President Krane; Kathleen Mulligan Baxter/State Bar Counsel; Patricia Bucklin/State Bar Executive Director; James R. Silkenat, Chair/NY Fellows of the American Bar Foundation)

President Krane's January 15, 2002 e-mail to CJA -- "Subj: Sassower Litigation"

CJA's February 20, 2002 handwriten memo to Chairman Hollyer

CJA's March 6, 2002 handwriten memo to Chairman Hollyer

Chairman Hollyer's April 22, 2002 letter

Chairman Hollyer's May 23, 2002 letter


CJA's December 11, 2002 public comments and questions at the forum sponsored by the State Bar & Fund for Modern Courts, entitled, "Judging the Judges: The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct"

2003

CJA's January 29, 2003 e-mail to Kathleen Mulligan Baxter, Counsel -- "Subj: Developing a Legislative/Advocacy Agenda"
  -- transmitting CJA's January 22, 2003 written statement in opposition to Senate confirmation of Susan Read to the NY Court of Appeals
      -- SEE: Judicial Selection - NYS "Merit Selection" -- Ct of Appeals: Read

CJA's November 25, 2003 letter to New York State Bar Association President A. Thomas Levin -- "RE: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE: The New York State Bar Association's duty -- reinforced by your September 16, 2003 testimony before Chief Judge Kaye's Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections -- to confront case file evidence documentarily establishing the corruption of all safeguards for ensuring the integrity of judicial elections, including: (1) the unconstitutionality of New York's attorney disciplinary law, as written and as applied; and (2) the corruption of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct
   (indicated recipients including six NYSBA Committee chairs -- Committee on Judicial Campaign Conduct, Special Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline, Special Committee on Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System, Special Committee on Judicial Independence, Special Committee to Review Code of Judicial Conduct, Committee on Judicial Selection -- and NYSBA Executive Director Patricia Bucklin and Counsel Kathleen Mulligan Baxter)

           SEE Searching for Champions (Correspondence) - NYS Officials: Chief Judge Kaye's Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections
 

2009

CJA's September 16, 2009 letter to New York State Bar Association -- "RE:  The New York State Bar Association's 'Valuable Input' to The New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination"

CJA's September 24, 2009 memo to, inter alia, NYS 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 letter to New York State Bar Association       

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

 

 
 

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