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Date: May 23, 2007

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Governor Eliot Spitzer Appoints Justice Jonathan Lippman as Presiding Justice of The Appellate Division, First Judicial Department

NEW YORK - Governor Eliot Spitzer today announced the appointment of Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman to serve as Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First Judicial Department.

“Throughout his long career, Justice Lippman has displayed the strength of character and profound respect for the rule of law that make him an outstanding choice for this position,” said Governor Spitzer. “I have no doubt that Justice Lippman will continue to serve New Yorkers with great distinction in this new role.”

“I am deeply honored to be appointed by Governor Spitzer as the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department,” said Justice Lippman. “I could not be more flattered by the confidence shown in me by this Governor, for whom I have such great respect. To me, there could be no greater privilege than to serve as the Presiding Justice of this preeminent appellate court.”

Justice Lippman is the longest serving Chief Administrative Judge in state history. He was appointed to that position in 1996 while serving as a Judge on the Court of Claims, and he has continued serving as the State's Chief Administrative Judge since that time. In 2005, Justice Lippman was elected as a Supreme Court Justice for the Ninth Judicial District, and he was subsequently appointed as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Term for the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Administrative Judge, Justice Lippman served as a Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for the State Courts, and as the Chief Clerk and Executive Officer for the Supreme Court in the First Judicial District, in New York County.

A New York City native, Justice Lippman received both his undergraduate and law degrees from New York University.

Under the New York State Constitution and Judiciary Law, the Governor has the authority to appoint the Presiding Justice of each Appellate Division from among those who have been elected as Justices of the Supreme Court. The Governor’s appointment is not subject to Senate confirmation.

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