Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today appointments to fill vacancies in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First and Second Judicial Departments. The First Department encompasses both New York and Bronx counties, while the Second Department covers a ten county area, including the other three New York City boroughs, Long Island and the southern Hudson Valley.
It is an honor to appoint Justices Kapnick, Duffy, LaSalle and Maltese to the Appellate Division, Governor Cuomo said. These men and women bring to the courts wide-ranging and distinguished careers exhibiting years of legal experience and sound judgment. I have no doubt these individuals will demonstrate exceptional intellect and integrity in their new roles.
Appellate Division-1st Department Appointee
Honorable Barbara R. Kapnick Justice Kapnick was elected to the Supreme Court, New York County in 2001 and was assigned to the Commercial Division in 2008. She began her judicial career in 1992 following her election to the Civil Court of the City of New York, and in April 1994 was designated an Acting Supreme Court Justice in the Supreme Court, New York County. Prior to her election to Civil Court, she served as a Law Assistant to the Hon. Ethel B. Danzig in the Civil and Supreme Courts and as Principal Law Clerk for the Hon. Michael J. Dontzin, Supreme Court, New York County. Justice Kapnick is currently serving as President of the Association of Supreme Court Justices of the City of New York and has been a member of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics since 2008. She received a B.A. cum laude in English from Barnard College in 1975 and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1980.
Appellate Division-2nd Department Appointees
Honorable Colleen Duffy Justice Duffy was elected to the Supreme Court, Westchester County, in 2011. She began her judicial career in 1998 when she was appointed by Mayor Earnest D. David to Mount Vernon City Court, a position she was subsequently elected to in 1999. In 2003, Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman appointed Justice Duffy an Acting Family Court Judge in Westchester County, which she subsequently sought and won election to in 2005. In 2008, Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau designated Justice Duffy an Acting Supreme Court Justice, Westchester County and in 2010, Governor David Paterson appointed her to the Supreme Court, Westchester County. Justice Duffy began her legal career as a litigation associate with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York City in 1989. In 1995, she became Assistant General Counsel for Unilever United States, Inc. Justice Duffy received a B.A. magna cum laude in English and Communication Arts from the College of New Rochelle School of Arts & Sciences in 1981, M.S. in International Public Relations and Public Affairs from Boston University School of Public Communication in 1983, and J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1989.
Honorable Hector D. LaSalle Justice LaSalle was elected to the Supreme Court, Suffolk County, in 2008. Since 2012, he has also served as Justice of the Appellate Term for the 9th and 10th Judicial Districts. Justice LaSalles legal career began with the Suffolk County District Attorneys Office in 1993 as an Assistant District Attorney. In 1999 he joined the New York State Attorney Generals Office as an Assistant Attorney General. Justice LaSalle returned to the Suffolk County DAs Office in 2002 becoming a Lead Gang Prosecutor and Deputy Bureau Chief of the Special Investigation Bureau prior to his 2008 election to the bench. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State University in 1990 and J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1993.
Honorable Joseph J. Maltese - Justice Maltese was elected to the Supreme Court, Richmond County, in 2011. He began his judicial career when elected to New York City Civil Court in 1991 and then appointed to the Criminal Court the following year. In 1996, Governor Pataki appointed Justice Maltese to the Court of Claims where he has served as an Acting Supreme Court Justice in Richmond County until winning election for his current seat in 2011. Justice Maltese continues to serve as an Associate Justice to the New York Litigation Coordinating Panel and as a member of the Judicial Advisory Board. He began his legal career in 1974 with the Appellate Division, Second Department as Mental Hygiene Legal Service Counsel, and then as Law Clerk for the Honorable John Kelly. Prior to being elected to the bench, Justice Maltese was in private practice concentrating in civil and criminal litigation. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after more than 30 years of active and reserve service, including serving as a member of the JAG Corps, as well as a military judge for the U.S. Army Trial Judiciary. Justice Maltese is currently an Adjunct Law Professor at New York Law School and a faculty member of the National Judicial College. He received a B.A. in Criminal Justice & Government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY in 1970, J.D. from New York Law School in 1973 and Masters degrees from New York University, University of Nevada, and Touro College.
The First and Second Department Judicial Screening Committees submitted to the Governor candidates who were deemed "highly qualified." These candidates displayed integrity, independence, leadership, intellect, legal ability, judgment, temperament and experience.
Under the New York State Constitution and Judiciary Law, the Governor has the authority to appoint Justices to each Appellate Division from among those who have been elected as Justices of the Supreme Court. These appointments are not subject to Senate confirmation.