January 2, 2018: New York State Bar Association Praises Appointment of Elizabeth Garry and Alan Scheinkman as Presiding Justices
New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Sharon Stern Gerstman today lauded the appointments of the Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman as presiding justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department and the Honorable Elizabeth A. Garry as presiding justice for the Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department.
“Justices Garry and Scheinkman bring to these important leadership positions years of experience in the judiciary and private practice, as well as important contributions to NYSBA, and we are confident that these appointments will benefit the court system and all New Yorkers,” Gerstman said.
“We are particularly pleased that Justice Garry will be making history as New York State’s first LGBTQ presiding justice, yet another indication that all New Yorkers are equal under the law,” Gerstman added.
The presiding justice for each New York Judicial Department leads the Appellate Court and also serves as the Department’s chief administrator, overseeing the Committees on Professional Standards and Character and Fitness, Mental Hygiene Legal Services, the Office of Attorneys for Children and other functions. The four presiding justices, along with Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, comprise the Administrative Board of the Courts, shaping statewide policy throughout New York.
The Second Department comprises a 10-county downstate region including Kings, Queens, and Richmond counties, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley. The Third Department encompasses 28 counties in eastern and northern upstate New York, spanning the mid-Hudson Valley to the Canadian Border and as far west as Schuyler and Chemung counties in the Southern Tier.
The 72,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.
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