Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin (ret.) presiding justice, Appellate Div, First Dept. and co-chair Task Force on Judicial Independence
On Wednesday, November 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) is hosting a free public forum on judicial independence. Issues discussed will include the debate over whether judicial disciplinary hearings should be open or closed; what meaningful due process protections should be provided to a judge who stands accused in a public setting; what the press’s responsibility is to ensure balanced reporting of public accusations against a judge; and what resources are available to an investigative journalist to present a balanced story, since a judge may not communicate personally about the issues.
Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin (ret.), presiding justice, Appellate Division, First Department and co-chair of the Task Force on Judicial Independence, will moderate a panel of professionals with varied perspectives. Confirmed panelists are Zachary W. Carter, Esq., partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP and former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Ben B. Rubinowitz, Esq., partner, Gair, Gair Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz; William K. Rashbaum, reporter, the New York Times; and Hon. Terry Jane Ruderman, justice, New York State Court of Claims and vice chair, New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
NYCLA’s Judicial Section and the Task Force on Judicial Independence are co-sponsoring the event.
To register for the forum, which will be held at 14 Vesey Street, visit NYCLA’s homepage at www.nycla.org.