for Champions - Organizations
May 15, 1992 fax
-- mailing of CJA's case-study
critique of federal judicial selection
CJA's May 28, 1992 fax
CJA's June 26, 1992 letter
CJA's August 14, 1996 fax
to Ed Davis, Lobbyist
CJA's August 13, 1996 letter
to Nan Aron/Alliance for Justice
CJA's August 19, 1996 letter
to Ed Davis -- "RE: Coalition for non-partisan reform"
-- transmitting pages from 1986
Cause Report, "Assembly-Line Approval"
Twentieth Century Fund Report "Judicial Roulette"
-- and enclosing
CJA's June 28, 1996 letter to Senate
Judiciary Chairman Hatch
-- enclosing CJA's
1992 Critique & Compendium of Exhibits & 3 Correspondence Compendia
CJA's June 12, 1997 memo
-- "RE: Ensuring the public's right to basic information about
the Governor's judicial appointments process and protecting it from
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.
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: 12/16/96 item,
Ex. K: NY Judge Reviews (1997-8 edition)
CJA's July 10, 2001 letter to
Ed Davis --
"Coalition-Building and Collaboration on the
non-partisan issues of ensuring the integrity of the
processes of federal judicial selection and discipline"
CJA's July 3, 2001 ltr to Senator Schumer & transmittal ltrs to recipients
CJA's July 17, 2001 letter
to Ed Davis
CJA's June 16, 2003 memo
to Ed Davis --
"Championing Basic Citizen Rights -- and the
Vital Importance of Citizen Participation in Federal Judicial Selection"
to Jail in "Disruption of Congress" case
Ed Davis' June 19, 2003
September 10, 2003 memo
CJA's September 10, 2003 letter to Constitution Project-Courts Initiative
CJA's June 16, 2003 memo
CJA's June 8, 2004
memo to organizations on the left and supposedly "non-partisan" purporting
to promote citizen participation &/or involving themselves with issues of
CJA's June 9, 2004 memo to
organizations on the right --
"RE: Your (On-Going)
Responsibility to 'Champion Basic Citizen Rights -- and the Vital
Importance of Citizen Participation in Federal Judicial Selection' at
Issue in the 'Disruption of Congress' case of
United States of America v. Elena Ruth Sassower..."
June 10, 2004 draft memo of law on the
unconstitutionality of the "disruption of
May 27, 2005 memo to Ralph
Nader & established/establishment
organizations -- "RE: Furthering 'Basic
Citizen Rights -- and the Vital Importance of Citizen Participation in
Federal Judicial Selection', as well as Fundamental Judicial
Accountability by your Amicus Curiae and Other Assistance in the
Appeal of the 'Disruption of Congress' Case, Elena Ruth Sassower v.
United States of America"
"Disruption of Congress"- DC Court of Appeals
(6/28/05 appellant's brief & supplemental fact
27, 2005 e-mail acknowledgment from Ed Davis
August 23, 2005 memo to
Ralph Nader & established/establishment
BRIEFS ARE DUE NOVEMBER 14, 2005 in the Consolidated Appeals of the
'Disruption of Congress' Case, Elena Ruth Sassower v. United States
CJA's June 20, 2007 memo to Bob Edgar, President & CEO & Ed Davis, Vice
President of Policy & Research -- "Championing Judicial Independence
at the U.S. Supreme Court by Amicus Curiae Support for Cert
Petition in 'Disruption of Congress Case"
CJA's June 22, 2007 memo to Ralph Nader & liberal/conservative
"Championing Basic Citizen Rights,
the Vital Importance of Citizen Participation in Federal Judicial
Selection, and Fundamental Judicial Accountability by Your Amicus
Curiae Support for U.S. Supreme Court Review of the Cert Petition in
the 'Disruption of Congress' Case"
CJA's July 2, 2007 memo to Justice at Stake Campaign Partners --
"'Working to Keep Our Courts Fair and Impartial' -- As Empirically
Tested by the 'Disruption of Congress' Case"
August 24, 2007 memo to Justice at
Stake Campaign & Its Campaign Partners
"Championing Judicial Independence
at the U.S. Supreme Court by your amicus
curiae support for the filed and
docketed cert petition in the 'disruption of
"Disruption of Congress" - US Supreme
(see 8/17/07 cert petition)
Finance and the New York State Constitutional Convention"
People's Constitutional Convention for New York?", Andrew Greenblatt,
CJA's February 3, 1998 letter to Rachel Leon, Executive Director
February 5, 1998 memo to Rachel Leon
February 9, 1998 memo to Rachel Leon
CJA's January 26, 2004 memo -- "RE: Vindicating the Public's
Right to Know: The Role of $ in 'Merit Selection' to the NY Court of
Judicial Selection - NY -
"Merit Selection" to NY Ct of Appeals: Smith
the Dots: Budget Reform -- Poor State Budget Process Leads to Gridlock &
CJA's September 24, 2009 memo to, inter alia, Common Cause/NY
"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
System For Choosing Judges Isn’t A Cure-all”,
Exhibit A-2: “Cuomo Clashes With
Committee Over Judgeships: Asks Panel to
Disregard Law on Nominations”, NYT,
A-3: “The Dispute Over Selections for Court of Appeals”,
A-4(a): “The Campaign for Governor is Over: What’s on Trial
How Best to Pick Judges”, NYT, 12/29/82, editorial
Exhibit A-4(b): “Judges Are Better Elected Than Selected”,
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”,
Exhibit A-6: “Picking of Judges
Assailed by Cuomo: Wants More
Options in Filling Appeals Court Vacancies”,
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”,
Exhibit A-9: “Challenge for Cuomo: Picking Judges”,
Exhibit A-10: “How Manhattan Stole the Judiciary”,
by Appellate Division Justice William C. Thompson
B-1: “Court of Appeals Candidates Are Named”,
Exhibit B-2: “Few Appellate Judges Apply for Wesley’s
B-3: “Model for Selecting Top Court Judges
Reveals Its Flaws”,
C: “Semi-Secret Court of Appeals Nominations Draws
Exhibit D-1: May 10, 1978 letter from Assemblyman Charles
to Governor Hugh Carey, from legislative bill jacket,
Chapter 156, Laws of 1978
D-2: Election Flyer: “On Tuesday, November 8, 1977 For
Courts Vote YES on Court Reform Amendments”
E-1: “Wider Selection Urged for Governor”, NYLJ,
letter to the editor by Supreme Court Justice James J. Leff
E-2: “Changes Needed In Judicial Selection”, NYLJ,
letter to the editor by Acting Supreme Court Justice Walter
CJA's November 23, 2009 memo to, inter alia, Common Cause/NY --
"RE: Building Dialogue & Scholarship: 'Merit Selection' to the
New York Court of Appeals"
Common Cause's June 29, 2009 press release: "Reform
Coalition Offers Blueprint to End Senate Stalemate"
March 30, 2011 statement on budget
Common Cause's July 2, 2013 press release "Common Cause/NY Commends
Governor, Attorney General for Moreland Act Appointment"
CJA's January 2, 2014 letter --
"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?
CJA's March 28, 2016 e-mail --
"Lawsuit challenge to
the constitutionality & lawfulness of NYS' budget 'process' --
including 3-men-in-a-room budget deal-making"
CJA's March 30, 2016 e-mail --
"Lawsuit challenge to the
constitutionality & lawfulness of NYS' budget 'process' -- including
3-men-in-a-room budget deal-making"
CJA's March 30, 2016 e-mail to
Professor/Congressional Candidate Zephyr Teachout
(with cc's) -
Principle' -- & 3-men-in-a-room budget deal-making"
CJA's March 31, 2016 e-mail --
"Why are the 'good government'
groups & scholars of the constitution and public fisc not educating
the media about what the NYS Constitution has to say about the NYS
CJA's April 26, 2016 e-mail --
"Thank you, Dean Lane!
May you lead the way to building scholarship & informed
discussion...the state budget"
April 29, 2016 e-mail--
"Thank you, Fritz
Schwarz! Building on the Brennan Center's 2004 report by your
March 23, 2016 testimony & CJA's March 23, 2016 second supplemental
-- click here for
Legislative Rules Reform
CJA's May 3, 2016 e-mail--
"Thank you, Assemblyman
Steck! Follow-up to your March 23, 2016 testimony before the
Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation"
CJA's April 14, 2017 e-mail to Common Cause-NY --
"OPPORTUNITY/OBLIGATION -- citizen-taxpayer action: March 29, 2017 OSC for
declaration of unconstitutionality & unlawfulness of NYS budget --
returnable April 28, 2017"
CJA's August 1, 2017 e-mail to Common Cause-North Carolina, with cc to
Common Cause-NY --
"BRAVO & HOORAY to Common Cause-North
Carolina on its important lawuist vs the North Carolina Legislature for
Common Cause April 19, 2017 press release:
"Common Cause Suit Challenges North Carolina Legislature"
April 19, 2017 lawsuit complaint
Common Cause April 20, 2017 press release:
"Common Cause and NC
citizens file lawsuit challenging constitutionality
legislature's surprise special session"
CJA's August 13, 2018 letter
"Achieving Our Shared Goal of an Accountable &
Transparent State Budget Process & Budget: Request for Amicus Curiae
Participation & Other Assistance in the Appeal..."
August 14, 2018 e-mail from Executive Director Susan Lerner (10:54 am)
August 15, 2018 (2:48 pm) delivery of mailed package, front
CJA's April 23, 2019 e-mail
"REQUEST FOR AMICUS CURIAE
SUPPORT & OTHER ASSISTANCE:
CJA's Citizen-Taxpayer Action, NOW AT THE COURT
OF APPEALS, on an appeal of right on the issues of constitutional
construction directly involved"
CJA's April 23, 2019 e-mail --
& WEBPAGES NOW OPERATIONAL -- REQUEST FOR AMICUS CURIAE SUPPORT & OTHER
CJA's May 5, 2022 e-mail to
Albany Times Union --
"Corrections & Reporting Required: 'JCOPE issues a curious
letter on Cuomo --
4 years after complaint' (4/29/22) AND 'A non-fond farewell
to JCOPE' (4/15/22)"
CJA's May 6, 2022 e-mail to JCOPE
"Setting the record straight on
Executive Law §94 -- as to JCOPE & CELG --
& taking the emergency
correction action with respect thereto
warranted by CJA's April 13, 2022
CJA's May 16, 2022 e-mail to Inspector General
"(1) Your flagrant violations of
your own policy, procedure & Executive Law Art. 4-A
pertaining to CJA's
Nov. 2, 2021complaint vs JCOPE, etc; (2) Confirmation that you will have no
jurisdiction over CELG, in contrast to JCOPE"
cc: CJA's June
9, 2022 e-mail to "JCOPE Must Go" Coalition Members
"NOTICE: Lawsuit vs JCOPE, et
al. (#904235-22/Albany County) -- & your ethical and professional
responsibilities to the Peopls of the State of NY with respect thereto"