Press Releases

New York City Bar Association Issues Evaluations of Candidates for Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals


Eric Friedman
(212) 382-6754

Kathryn Inman
(212) 382-6656

New York City Bar Association Issues Evaluations of Candidates for Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals

New York, December 19, 2012 – The New York City Bar Association has announced its ratings of candidates recommended by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination for appointment as Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.  The term of Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick will expire on December 31, 2012.

The evaluations of the seven candidates nominated by the Commission are:

•    Sheila Abdus-Salaam – Exceptionally Well Qualified

•    Rolando Acosta – Exceptionally Well Qualified

•    Kathy Chin – Well Qualified

•    Eugene Fahey – Well Qualified

•    Jenny Rivera – Well Qualified

•    Margarita Rosa – Well Qualified

•    David Schulz – Well Qualified

The Association’s Executive Committee extensively reviewed the background and qualifications of the candidates. Representatives of the Association’s Executive, Judiciary and State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction Committees interviewed each candidate and for all candidates, reviewed their writings, investigated their background, and interviewed judges and lawyers familiar with the candidates. The full Executive Committee then considered whether to rate each candidate “well qualified,” “not well qualified” or “exceptionally well qualified” after considering the candidate’s intellectual ability, knowledge of the law, integrity, impartiality, judicial demeanor and temperament.

This three-tiered rating was adopted by the Executive Committee in May 2007.  The criteria for each rating are as follows:

“Well Qualified”:  Consistent with the term “well qualified” as it is
set forth in describing the Commission’s mandate in Judiciary Law
Section 63(1) and in Article 6, Section 2 of the Constitution:
candidates “who by their character, temperament, professional
aptitude and experience are well qualified to hold such
judicial office.”

“Not Well Qualified”:  Candidates who may be competent
lawyers or judges but, in the judgment of the Executive Committee,
do not meet the requisite standard for “Well Qualified” in
one or more of the constitutional and statutory criteria of
“character, temperament, professional aptitude and

“Exceptionally Well Qualified”:  Candidates who are
exceptional to the degree that they are superior to
others who are “well qualified.”  This rating should be given
as an exception and not the norm.

Note: To ensure the thoroughness and integrity of the ratings process, the City Bar cannot comment beyond what is provided in this release.

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association, since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the legal profession, promoting reform of the law and access to justice, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association, through its 24,000 members, continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.