Saturday, February 4, 2023

A Hispanic is on a list of seven nominees to head New York’s Supreme Court

In a matter of days, Governor Cathy Hochul will choose from among seven candidates who will have the responsibility of directing the New York State Supreme Court of Appeals Court. The list of nominees includes Dr. Hector D. LaSalle, Judge of Puerto Rican origin and the only Hispanic in the group of applicants.

If it was chosen, it would become the first Latino in history to hold that position.

The position is important not only to process and expedite cases that reach the state’s highest court, but also at a time when there is a deeply polarized In what direction should the administration of justice be taken in New York?

The New York Judicial Nominating Commission submitted names to the state president this week following the resignation of the former chief justice. Janet DiFiore last July.

In addition to D. LaSalle, Yale School of Law professors are among the applicants Abbe R Gluck, associate judge of the appellate division Jeffrey’s Owing, President and Dean of the University at Albany Law School, Alicia Ouellette.

He is also part of the group of candidates Edwina G. Richardson – MendelsonAssistant Administrative Judge for Judicial Initiatives and Special Litigation, Corey L. Stoughtonattorney in charge of legal reform Institution Legal Aid and Acting Chief Justice Anthony Cannataro,

“The pandemic has had a major impact on court work and our new Chief Justice must act aggressively to restore the normal pace of judicial activityespecially criminal proceedings. In this case, it is in addition to protecting public safety.”Hochul indicated the challenge of choosing the holder of that position before 23 December.

Once the governor announces his selection, the state senate will have 30 days to confirm or reject his appointment.

In general, commission received 41 applications for the post.

Lawyers’ unions support D. Lassalle

Bar Association of the Dominican Republic In a statement, he supported the nomination of a Puerto Rican-born judge. They consider that in addition to the range of academic credentials and practice of law, He is the “only Latino” named by the commission. For this prominent post in the State Administration of Justice.

“We are pleased to endorse a judge who shares the values ​​and mission of our Bar Association: Support Latino Members of the Legal Profession, Judge D. LaSalle was a founding member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association on Long Island”, he highlighted.

Nominated to lead the highest state court, is currently judge-chairman of the Appellate Division of the Second Judicial Department and has administrative experience in the courts. He has a judicial career of over 14 years.

Similarly, the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association (LIHBA) Wrote a letter of support to Governor Cathy Hochul, encouraging her to appoint D. LaSalle to the position.

In the letter, the directors of LIHBA extol this jurist as well as his administrative skills Connection and support for the Hispanic community.

“He previously served as the president of LIHBA and was one of the our founding members”, he insisted.


  • Judge Hector D. LaSalle, he is 54 years old and was born in East Northport, Long Island.
  • He was appointed Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department in 2014 and Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department in 2021.
  • In 2008, he was elected a justice of the New York State Supreme Court.
  • Prior to that, he was an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1993 to 1998 and from 2002 to 2008 when he Senior Gang Combat Prosecutor and Deputy Director of the Office of Special Investigations.
  • He was an assistant attorney general assigned to the medical malpractice section of the claims office. New York State Attorney General’s Office From 1999 to 2002.
  • graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1990 and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993.
  • He was admitted to the New York State Bar Association 1994.

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