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Law Reporting Bureau History

     The Office of the State Reporter was created in 1804 by the appointment of George Caines as New York's first State Reporter. During the ensuing 200+ years, the office has evolved into the New York State Law Reporting Bureau, now headed by the 27th State Reporter.

     The history of the Law Reporting Bureau and State Reporter was compiled on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of New York State law reporting in a 2004 publication entitled "But how are their decisions to be known?"

     A significant contributor to the Law Reporting Bureau's historical record was James M. Flavin, the 21st State Reporter. Mr. Flavin was a pioneer in computer-assisted legal research and publishing, inspiring technological advances in his agency, in the New York State Bar Association and in the private sector. On May 30, 2008, a celebration of Mr. Flavin's contributions to electronic legal publishing was held at the New York State Court of Appeals.

"But how are their decisions to be known?" recounts the history of New York State law reporting for the two centuries since its inception in 1804.

On May 30, 2008, a celebration was held at the New York Court of Appeals commemorating the contributions of James M. Flavin to electronic legal research and publishing.

Former State Reporters

William J. Hooks

William J. Hooks was appointed the 26th State Reporter by the Court of Appeals, effective June 25, 2009. A native of Brooklyn, Mr. Hooks is a graduate of Le Moyne College and Albany Law School and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1980. He joined the Law Reporting Bureau in 1981 as a legal editor under State Reporter John T. Fitzpatrick, was appointed Assistant State Reporter in 1990 by State Reporter Frederick A. Muller, and was appointed Deputy State Reporter in 2008 by State Reporter Gary D. Spivey. Mr. Hooks succeeds Mr. Spivey, who retired on June 24, 2009.

Mr. Hooks is a member of the New York State Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section, a past-president of the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions, and has served on the Board of Regents of Le Moyne College. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children and live in Latham.

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