Congratulations are in order for my colleague Jim Reed, managing partner of the Ziff Law Firm. Jim, who is a busy guy with his practice and legal blogs, was just reappointed to serve on the New York state Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission.
Each judicial district in New York has an IJEQC. They screen judicial candidates, reviewing the qualifications of candidates seeking election to our state’s high courts: Supreme, County, Surrogate’s, Family, New York City Civil, District and City.
Each commission has a limited number of members, and they are VERY carefully selected. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman picked Jim Reed to serve on the commission. Jim is one of only 12 commission members selected from the entire Sixth Judicial District.
The Commission’s work is important. Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, described how the Commission “promotes greater confidence in the judicial election,” because voters know that judges have been evaluated and they have the qualities to do a good job.
Judge Pfau even thanked Reed for continuing to serve on the Commission, specifically because of the considerable time and effort it takes.
Jim has been practicing for more than 20 years, specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice cases.
Some of his other achievements:
- He’s written two books about “Learn the Five Deadly Mistakes that can KILL Your Accident Case!” and “Learn the Five Secrets to Buying Auto Insurance in NY.”
- He has personally handled several million dollar-plus cases, and is an active member of the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers and the New York Trial Lawyers’ Association.
- He has also been honored as a New York Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law & Politics Magazine.
- He has two blogs, the NY Injury Law Blog AND the NY Bike Accident Blog.
I could probably go on some more, but I wouldn’t want to embarrass Jim or anything! It is a big deal to be appointed – again – to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission. I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Jim Reed for this honor.
ZiffLaw Attorney, Esq.
NY and PA Personal Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY 14901