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STATEMENT: Empire Justice Center President and CEO Kristin Brown on the Appointment of Rowan Wilson as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals

Kristin Brown April 21, 2023

For Immediate Release

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Aderysnider@empirejustice.org / 518-462-6831

 

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Statement From Empire Justice Center President and CEO Kristin Brown on the Appointment of Rowan Wilson as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals

 

Empire Justice Center enthusiastically joins New Yorkers across the state in congratulating Judge Rowan Wilson on his appointment to the position of Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Empire Justice Center’s mission is to make the law work for all New Yorkers and Judge Wilson’s career in both the private sector and public service reflects his lifelong commitment to doing just that. His pro bono work, his 21-year leadership role with Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem, his participation in the Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, and his numerous decisions and dissents that focus on the needs and rights of those in marginalized communities all reflect his compassion and deep sense of justice.  We applaud Governor Hochul’s appointment, and the Senate’s quick confirmation, which prioritizes  the people who need the law’s protection the most, and we welcome and look forward to Judge Wilson’s leadership of the New York Court of Appeals.

 

About Empire Justice Center

Empire Justice Center is a statewide nonprofit law firm with offices in Rochester, Albany, Yonkers, White Plains, and on Long Island whose mission is to make the law work for all New Yorkers, particularly for those who need its protection most. We take a 360-degree, comprehensive approach to changing systems by engaging in three major and interconnected areas of service. We teach the law by providing training, support and technical assistance to legal services and other community- based organizations to strengthen their work; we practice the law by providing direct, civil legal assistance to low-income people with a particular focus on those from marginalized communities  such as LGBTQ; minorities, immigrants and LEP; and crime victims; and we change the law by engaging in policy analysis, research and advocacy and undertaking impact litigation to get at the root of systemic issues.