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Date: Dec. 7, 2007

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Hon. Michael J. Obus Appointed Administrative Judge of Manhattan Supreme Court, Criminal Term

NEW YORK – Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau today announced the appointment of Hon. Michael J. Obus as Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court, Criminal Term, New York County. The appointment was made with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and after consultation with Presiding Justice Jonathan Lippman of the Appellate Division, First Department. Judge Obus will replace Hon. Micki Scherer, who has announced that she will retire from the bench.

In announcing the appointment, Judge Pfau said, “Judge Obus is an outstanding judge, and I am delighted that he has agreed to accept this critical assignment. During his lengthy career on the bench in Manhattan’s Criminal and State Supreme Courts, he has become known for his great intellect, vision and unstinting dedication to justice. These qualities will serve him well as Administrative Judge of Manhattan Supreme Court. I welcome him to his new post and look forward to working with him in this capacity.”

After receiving his Juris Doctorate degree from Columbia University Law School, Judge Obus was admitted to practice before the courts of New York, as well as the United States District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. He began his career at the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, where he served as a staff attorney, Deputy Appeals Bureau Chief and Appeals Bureau Chief. Judge Obus was appointed to the Criminal Court of the City of New York in 1986 and has been an Acting Supreme Court Justice since 1993. He has been a member of the New York City Bar Committees on Criminal Advocacy, Corrections and Criminal Justice Operations.

Judge Pfau added, “I want to thank Judge Micki Scherer for her outstanding service as Administrative Judge for the last eight years. She is both an exceptional jurist and devoted public servant, and I deeply appreciate the many contributions she has made to this court system. Over the course of nearly three decades, Judge Scherer has faced every challenge she has encountered without hesitation, adeptly handling increasingly challenging roles: law clerk, Criminal Court judge, Supervising Judge of the New York City Arraignment Parts and Administrative Judge of the Manhattan Supreme Court, Criminal Term. It has been wonderful to work with her and she will be missed both professionally and personally. I applaud her years of service to both the court system and the public and wish her the best in all future endeavors.”

The appointment is effective February 1, 2008.

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