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John Flannery Appointed to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission


John Flannery (Partner-White Plains) has been appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to serve on the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission (IJEQC) for the Ninth Judicial District. Mr. Flannery’s term will run through December 31, 2014.

Established in 2007, the IJEQCs are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. The 15-member commissions, comprised of lawyers and other professionals, are charged with reviewing the qualifications of candidates within their respective judicial districts who are seeking public election to New York State Supreme Court, County Court, Surrogate’s Court, Family Court, New York City Civil Court, District Court or City Court. The screening process is designed to ensure that voters are provided with as much information as possible about the qualifications of candidates for judicial office. Since their inception, the commissions have evaluated hundreds of judicial candidates throughout the state and have issued public lists of those candidates found qualified.

In addition to serving on Wilson Elser’s Executive Committee, the firm’s highest ranking committee, Mr. Flannery has held the position of co-chair of the Trial Lawyers Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association and served on the board of trustees of the New York State Interest on Lawyer Account Fund (IOLA), which helps low-income people with civil legal problems affecting their most basic needs. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, an organization with similar goals.                                                                                    

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