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Committee on Judicial Independence  (
co-chairs: Klaus Eppler & Betty Weinberg Ellerin): -- click here for video of their presentation of
report & recommendations to NYS Bar Association's January 28, 2011 House of Delegates' meeting      click here for report & recommendations

               -- background communications with Klaus Eppler: 

cc: NY County Lawyers' Association: Irwin Davidson/Exec Director; Klaus Eppler/President:  CJA’s March 18, 1996 letter to President Robinson -- "RE: New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct"
 (indicated copies, also, to Assembly Judiciary Committee, Mayor Giuliani, Governor Pataki, City Bar Counsel Rothstein,  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 letter 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

cc:  NY County Lawyers' Association: Irwin Davidson & Klaus Eppler:  CJA’s April 12, 1996 letter to President Robinson -- "RE: The Legal Community's Ethical/Professional Responsibility"
  (indicated copies, also, 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, 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

cc: NY County Lawyers' Association: Davidson & Eppler:  CJA's May 23, 1996 letter to Assembly Judiciary Committee -- "RE: New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct"

New York Law Journal, $1,648 paid ad

November 20, 1996 (p. 3)

              -- background communications with Betty Weinberg Ellerin, formerly an associate justice of the Appellate Division, 1st Dept: 

                      See, inter alia, December 18, 2001 decision on the appeal; & March 26, 2002 decisions denying reargument/renewal & leave to appeal


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

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

CJA's January 2, 2014 letter -- "RE: ACHIEVING NYS BUDGET REFORM: What is Your Expert Opinion of the Budgets Proposed by New York's Judiciary & Legislative Branches? -- & How Should the Governor & Legislature be Reviewing Them, Consistent with Article VII of the NYS Constitution?






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