Welcome & Opening Remarks

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CHIEF JUDGE LAWRENCE H. COOKE SEVENTH ANNUAL STATE CONSTITUTIONAL COMMENTARY SYMPOSIUM

THE NEW YORK COURT OF APPEALS: THE UNTOLD SECRETS OF EAGLE STREET

ALBANY LAW SCHOOL

Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 5:00pm

Good evening everyone. Welcome to the Seventh Annual Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke State Constitutional Commentary Symposium.

We are delighted to be joined tonight by such a prestigious panel. The six judges of the New York Court of Appeals; Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Judge Victoria A. Graffeo, Judge Susan Phillips Read, Judge Robert S. Smith, Judge Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., and the Court's newest member, Judge Jenny Rivera.

The entire Court also participated in the Second Annual Chief Judge Cooke Symposium in 2008, where the judges commented on their favorite judge in the Court's history. (1) We are ecstatic to once again feature the esteemed judges of the Court with tonight's introspective look inside the Court's secrets.

For those of you that don't know, the Law Review's faculty advisor, Professor Bonventre, runs a blog, the New York Court Watcher, that comments on the New York Court of Appeals and its judges. Before we asked the Court to grace us with their presence this evening, I was concerned that Professor B. would scare them away.

But thankfully as you can see, the judges graciously accepted our invitation, and we are thrilled to have them here. …