The Defense Association of New York (“DANY”), today released its ratings of the seven nominees recommended by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nominations to fill the Associate Justice seat on the New York State Court of Appeals that was vacated by the untimely passing of the Hon. Paul G. Feinman.
DANY’s 9-person Judicial Screening Committee was chaired by Barry McTiernan and Moore partner Claire F. Rush, current Vice President of the Defense Association of New York. Patrick W. Kenny, a partner at Barry Mc Tiernan and Moore and member of The Board of Directors of the Defense Association of New York also served on the panel. Other committee members included Glenn Kaminska of Ahmuty, Demers and McManus; Tom Liptak of Kenny Shelton Liptak Nowak; James Feretic, of Hannum Feretic Prendergast & Merlino, LLC; Andrew Zajac of McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac; Steven Dyki, Esq., Assistant Vice President of Litigation at Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance Companies; James M. Begley, Esq., recently retired Deputy General counsel for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Orla Thompson of Cozen O’Connor; and Patrick Butler of Maroney O’Connor LLP.
The Committee rated the candidates after an extensive screening and interviewing process as follows:
Hon. Anthony Cannataro – Administrative Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York, and a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, New York County.
Hon. Erin M. Peradotto, – Associate Justice, Appellate Division Fourth Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
Hon. Troy Karen Webber – Associate Justice, Appellate Division First Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
Michael S. Bosworth – Partner Latham & Watkins
Hon. Denise A. Hartman – Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, Albany County
Hon. Judith J. Gische – Associate Justice, Appellate Division First Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
Caitlin J. Halligan – Partner- Selendy & Gay