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Swearing In of NY’s New Chief Judge Has Obama/Roberts Moment

Posted by Andrew J. Barovick | Feb 25, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Albany Times Union reports that when Justice Carmen Ciparick, the interim Chief Judge of New York's Court of Appeals, began the process of swearing in Jonathan Lippman as Chief Judge, she may have let her disappointment at not getting the job herself show.  Apparently, when she instructed Mr. Lippman to raise his hand for the oath, she raised hers too by mistake.

The Times Union suggested that Justice Ciparick, the only Latina, and one of two females on the Court of Appeals' prestigious bench, may have felt slighted by the selection process for the new chief judge, which failed to include any female candidates.

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Andrew J. Barovick

Mr. Barovick is a graduate of Columbia College and Cardozo School of Law. He began his legal career at the Queens District Attorney’s Office, where he tried over 20 felonies to verdict, and argued an equal number of appeals before the Appellate Division, Second Department, the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


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