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Mai Yee, Assistant Director
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Date: November 17, 1998

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State and National Initiatives to Build Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System
NEW YORK - The Unified Court System announces that a five-member delegation from New York, including Chief Judge Judith Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, will participate in the National Conference on Building Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System in Washington, D.C., May 13-15, 1999. The goal of the conference is to form a national coalition to address public trust issues and to have each state develop its own strategic plan to improve its justice system. To assist the New York delegation, the Chief Judge has appointed the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System, a high-level advisory committee that will develop a list of public trust concerns and propose strategies to address the issues raised. This advisory committee, chaired by Appellate Division Justice William C. Thompson and Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Frazee, comprises representatives of the bench and the bar, the media, university professors, businesses, unions, civic groups, victims rights groups, legislators and local government officials.

The New York delegation to the conference, sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators, will consist of

  • Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye 
  • Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman 
  • New York State Bar Association President James C. Moore 
  • League of Women Voters President Evelyn Stock 
  • New York Urban League President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott
Chief Judge Kaye said, "I am pleased that New York will be represented in the NationalConference on Building Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System - a historic event that promises to be both productive and enriching. The conference provides a unique opportunity for national colloquy on a subject of serious concern to court administrators around the country. I am proud to lend our state's support and look forward to a healthy exchange of ideas and experiences.

The advisory committee we have assembled boasts a distinguished and diverse roster of members and will undoubtedly provide much insight on public perception of the justice system in our state."

Chief Administrative Judge Lippman added, "I would like to thank the other members of the delegation, James Moore, Evelyn Stock and Dennis Walcott, for agreeing to represent New York at the conference with Chief Judge Kaye and myself. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Justice Thompson and Justice Frazee and the individual members of the advisory committee whose research and recommendations will provide the basis for our work at the conference."

The conference will develop a national action plan and determine the role of national organizations in assisting states to effectuate their strategies. A subsequent conference will likely be held the following year.

The Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System is expected to hold public hearings around New York State later this year. (A list of committee members is attached.)

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The Committee to Promote Public Trust
and Confidence in the Legal System

Hon. Evelyn Frazee (Co-Chair), Justice of the Supreme Court, Seventh Judicial District

Hon. William C. Thompson (Co-Chair), Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department

Peter A. Bellacosa, Esq., Partner in the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, New York City

Gary Brown, Esq., Executive Director of the Fund for Modern Courts, Westchester County

Danny Donohue, President of the Civil Service Employees Association, Inc., Albany

Hon. John D. Doyle, County Executive of Monroe County

Klaus Eppler, Esq., Partner in the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP, New York City

John D. Feerick, Dean of Fordham University School of Law, New York City

Hon. William J. Fitzpatrick, District Attorney of Onondaga County

Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department

Dr. Karen R. Hitchcock, President of the State University of New York at Albany

Ruth Hochberger, Editor-in-Chief, New York Law Journal, New York City

Barry Kamins, Esq., Partner in the law firm of Flamhaft Levy Kamins & Hirsch, Brooklyn, New York

Hon. James J. Lack, Member of the New York State Senate and Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Suffolk County

Glenn Lau-Kee, Esq., Partner in the law firm of Kee and Lau-Kee, New York City; President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York

Harold O. Levy, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Citigroup, Inc., New York City

Elizabeth D. Moore, Esq., Partner in the law firm of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle, LLP, New York City

Sarah E. Moss, Esq.,Vice-President and General Counsel, Pitney-Bowes, Inc., New York City

Jeanne Mullgrav, Director of Court Programs, Victim's Services Agency, New York City

Hon. Roberto Ramirez, Member of the New York State Assembly, Bronx County

Carol Ann Rinzler, Author and former grand juror, New York City

Rachel F. Robbins, Esq., General Counsel, J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc., New York City

Dr. Richard A. Shick, Dean of Canisius College, Buffalo

Hon. Claire Shulman, Borough President of Queens County

Hon. Richard D. Simons, Retired Judge of the Court of Appeals, and Counsel to the law firm of McMahon, Grow & Getty, Rome, New York

Dr. Herman A. Sirois, Superintendent of Levittown Public Schools, Nassau County

Hon. Ronald B. Stafford, Member of the New York State Senate and Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Clinton County

Hon. Charles J. Tejada, Judge of the Court of Claims and Acting Supreme Court Justice, First Judicial District; Past-President of the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage

Hon. Helene E. Weinstein, Member of the New York State Assembly and Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Brooklyn

Hon. Charles L. Willis, Former Justice of the Supreme Court; Of Counsel to the law firm of Harris Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, New York

Hon. Mary M. Work, Judge of the Ulster County Family Court

Peter L. Zimroth, Esq., Partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter, New York City

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