Obama taps NY chief judge for unpaid post

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President Barack Obama has tapped New York’s top judge to serve on a board that facilitates cooperation between state and federal courts.

Jonathan Lippman, the chief judge of the state Court of Appeals, was nominated by Obama today to serve on the board of directors for the State Justice Institute. It will mark the first time a New York judge served on the board since former Chief Judge Lawrence Cook did in the 1980s, according to court system spokesman David Bookstaver.

The board position is unpaid, and won’t affect Lippman’s position as chief judge, Bookstaver said.

The nomination was announced by the White House in a statement this afternoon.

“The extraordinary dedication these individuals bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people,” Obama said in a statement. “I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

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  1. Smartporpoise on

    “Unpaid posts” tend to result in frivolous, unstudied discussion and ultimate partisan political pronouncements.