State-of-New-York-Court-SealCongratulations 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:

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.


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