Toward the Lippman Court: Flux and Transition at New York’s Court of Appeals

36 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2015

Date Written: April 26, 2010


At the time of this writing, barely a year had passed since Jonathan Lippman assumed the center seat at New York’s highest tribunal as the Chief Judge of the state. Still there was been no shortage of notable developments almost immediately for the Court as an institution and for its case law.

Here, only a few developments are considered. But these few provide more than an inkling of what was to come. At the least, they paint an early — and telling — picture of the Lippman Court.

For example, the number of criminal cases granted review by the Court increased considerably; so did the number of decisions against which at least one judge wrote a dissenting opinion; and so too did the number of decisions rendered by the Court that were particularly significant as a matter of legal policy or politics.

Even a brief look at these three features of the early Lippman Court reveal a good deal, both about this Court itself and about how it already differs from its immediate past.

Keywords: Jonathan Lippman, New York Court of Appeals

Suggested Citation

Bonventre, Vincent Martin, Toward the Lippman Court: Flux and Transition at New York’s Court of Appeals (April 26, 2010). Albany Law Review, Vol. 73, No. 3, 2010, Available at SSRN:

Vincent Martin Bonventre (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States


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