Brooklyn Bar Association News

Posted by: Robert Abruzzese on Jul 19, 2021

The New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination announced on Monday that it is seeking recommendations and applications for an opening on the Court of Appeals that will open at the end of the year.

Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals Hon. Eugene Fahey is retiring at the end of the year and prospective replacements have until August 6, 2021 to submit applications.

Applications can be downloaded at or you can contact Henry M. Greenberg, the Commission's Counsel, c/o Greenberg Traurig LLP, 54 State Street, 6th Floor, Albany, NY 12208 (, Tel: 518-689-1492). Email completed applications to or mail them to Greenberg Traurig LLP, 54 State Street, 6th Floor, Albany, NY 12208.

Anyone who applied for vacancies left by Hon. Leslie E. Stein and Hon. Paul G. Feinman may also be considered for this position. They do not need to submit an additional application, but they do need to indicate to the Commission on or before August 6, 2021 that they want to be considered.

From the press release:

The Commission was created by Article 6, § 2 of the New York State Constitution.  Consistent with its mandate, the Commission is entrusted with the responsibility for evaluating, and then recommending to the Governor, candidates to fill vacancies on the Court of Appeals.  The Commission vigorously seeks out, carefully evaluates and then nominates to the Governor three to seven well-qualified candidates from the extraordinary, diverse community of lawyers admitted to practice in New York State for at least ten years.  The Governor’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the New York State Senate.

To fill past judicial vacancies on the Court, the Commission has nominated to the Governor a wide variety of lawyers, including private practitioners, public interest attorneys, law professors, government officials and sitting Federal and State judges.  While prospective candidates must file an application with the Commission, recommendations may be made by anyone who believes that a prospective candidate could be an excellent Judge of the Court.  Recommendations of qualified candidates for a vacancy are encouraged and may be made to the Commission’s Counsel.

If any person or organization wishes to receive copies of future Commission press releases, please provide an e-mail or mailing address to the Commission’s Counsel.  The Commission will register the address and make every effort to distribute future press releases in the designated manner.  Persons interested in learning more about the Commission are encouraged to visit its website: