Academic journal article Albany Law Review

New York Appeals: A New Tradition

Academic journal article Albany Law Review

New York Appeals: A New Tradition

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The Albany Law Review is proud to introduce its inaugural issue of New York Appeals. This special annual issue is dedicated to the examination of New York appellate practice from the widest possible range of perspectives. New York Appeals is intended as a forum for exploring all facets of New York appellate practice from issues raised in the Court of Appeals and the four departments of the appellate division to a variety of other issues facing practitioners. By publishing this issue, we hope to create a useful resource for courts, practitioners, and academics concerning New York appellate practice, an area that has statewide--often nationwide--significance. To commemorate this new tradition, the Albany Law Review is pleased and honored to dedicate the inaugural issue of New York Appeals to the presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department--Anthony V. Cardona.

A TRIBUTE TO PRESIDING JUSTICE ANTHONY V. CARDONA

Based on his service to and support of Albany Law School and the Albany Law Review, as well as his seventeen-plus years of public service as the presiding justice of the Third Department, recognizing Justice Cardona is long overdue. It is unsurprising that upon learning that the issue is being dedicated to him, several of his colleagues and clerks jumped at the opportunity to express their admiration and respect for Justice Cardona. Thus, this book begins with four tributes to Justice Cardona authored by: chief judge of the State of New York, Jonathan Lippman; associate justice of the Third Department, Thomas Mercure; clerk of the court for the Third Department, Michael Novack; and senior law clerk to Justice Cardona, Michele McKay.

The tributes characterize Justice Cardona as "a superb judge, dynamic leader, and dedicated public servant" (1) with a "tireless energy and persistent desire to 'do things right.'" (2) They describe "his determination and devotion to the law and his work," (3) as well as "his tireless commitment to improving the quality of [the Third Department] and his compassion for the parties that appear before [it]." (4) Indeed, each tribute provides unique and invaluable insight into Justice Cardona the jurist, colleague, family man, and friend. Here, we will attempt to add to this much deserved dialogue by humbly offering our perspective as two students and members of the law review.

Justice Cardona consistently displays an unwavering dedication to, and is involved in the success of, his alma mater. He believes that one of the best ways that he can give back to the school is by building strong relationships with current students and alumni. One of the most notable ways in which Justice Cardona has influenced students at Albany Law is by establishing the Third Department's annual session held in the school's Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom. The event is one of the most anticipated and highly attended events at Albany Law School, and provides a unique opportunity for students to observe oral arguments. Justice Cardona does more than provide students the opportunity to observe; he gives students the chance to ask questions to the justices of the Third Department. This gives students an opportunity to do something which some lawyers wish they could do: to understand how the justices evaluate cases. The Third Department sessions certainly contributed to our decisions to become involved in appellate advocacy in the school's moot court program, and would not be possible without Justice Cardona.

Of course, Justice Cardona's dedication to Albany Law School extends far beyond holding an annual session of the Third Department at the school. As a member of the Board of Trustees, he is a mainstay at the school's and law review's events, consistently expressing his support for the student body. The Albany Law Review was honored to welcome Justice Cardona, as well as several other justices of the Third Department (Justices Egan, Malone, Jr., and McCarthy) to our recent spring symposium entitled Wrongful Convictions: Understanding and Addressing Criminal Injustice. …

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