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Date: May 29, 2007

Seal of the Unified Court System

Hon. Ann Pfau Appointed Chief Administrative Judge of New York State

NEW YORK – Chief Judge Kaye, with the approval of the Administrative Board, today announced the appointment of Hon. Ann Pfau to the position of Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York. In her new position, Judge Pfau will oversee the administration and operation of the court system, which has a budget of approximately $2.4 billion and employs 3,600 state and locally paid judges and 15,000 non-judicial staff members throughout New York State. Judge Pfau replaces Hon. Jonathan Lippman, who was designated Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First Judicial Department.

“Judge Pfau’s record as an administrator for the New York Court system over the last 20 years has been exemplary,” said Judge Kaye. “She has taken on successively more challenging positions, and in each she has provided critical guidance, direction and support across all administrative areas – from the oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Kings County courts to the establishment of innovative projects and initiatives in courthouses throughout the state. She brings to her new position invaluable experience, keen insight and expertise. I can think of no candidate more ideally suited to the position of Chief Administrative Judge and look forward to working with her in this new capacity.”

Judge Lippman added, “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Judge Pfau for 17 years. In that time, she has accrued an impressive list of achievements and recognition for her prodigious talent as both a jurist and administrator. In her new role as Chief Administrative Judge, New York’s judicial system will benefit greatly from her familiarity with and sensitivity to the complexities of the court system at both a macro and micro level, as well as her proven record of success in improving its efficiency and effectiveness. I am delighted with Judge Pfau’s appointment and wish her great success.”

Hon. Ann Pfau has served as First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge of New York State since 2004. Prior to that, she was the Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court, Second Judicial District, a designation she received in February 2002. During this time she continued to serve in a dual capacity as the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Management Support, a position to which she was appointed in 1997. Previously, Judge Pfau served as Special Counsel to the Chief Administrative Judge, as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief Administrator for Management Support and as a member of the Office of Court Administration’s legal staff. She was appointed to the New York City Criminal Court in 1998, and was named an Acting Supreme Court Justice in 2001. Judge Pfau received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School, a graduate degree in special education from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree from Wells College.

Said Chief Judge Kaye, “I would like to thank Judge Lippman who, for more than a decade, has made extraordinary contributions to New York’s court system as the state’s Chief Administrative Judge. His leadership in that position has been defined by his exceptional administrative ability, intellectual integrity and his intimate knowledge of the courts and the law. Throughout his distinguished career, which began more than 30 years ago in the same Department of which he will now serve as Presiding Justice, he has displayed a dedication to ethics, fairness and justice that has solidified his reputation as a respected jurist and administrator, as well as a trusted colleague. He has shown true professionalism, excellent leadership and devotion to the courts for the last 12 years – longer than any other Chief Administrator in New York’s history – and I congratulate him on his new appointment. I am confident that Judge Lippman will use these qualities in leading one of the nation’s preeminent appellate courts.”

Judge Pfau’s appointment is effective immediately.

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