After Kaye: Choosing the Next Chief Judge

Thursday, December 04, 2008

CUOMO: For the commission to say: we searched the state, we couldn't find a single solitary qualified woman to serve on the bench -- something is wrong, either with the process or the legislation or the way it was administered.

REPORTER: That's Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, complaining yesterday about the state's judicial selection commission. The panel earlier this week submitted a slate of seven candidates to the governor, for him to appoint the next chief judge of the state's high court. Retiring chief judge Judith Kaye is the first woman to hold that office.

All seven candidates to succeed her are men. Here to discuss how the system works and what some of the politics are is Stewart Sterk, a law professor at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.


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