Today Governor Eliot Spitzer nominated Theodore T. Jones, a Brooklyn Civil Term administrative judge, to fill the vacancy on the New York Court of Appeals. (Hat tip: New York Civil Law)
As reported in this New York Law Journal article:
Mr. Spitzer interviewed all seven candidates and met face to face with four of them - a virtually unprecedented approach, observers say...Justice Jones is a favorite of lawyers, particularly those representing plaintiffs in civil cases and his star rose after his deft handling of the 2005 Christmas season transit strike...Mr. Spitzer said Sunday that while the transit strike matter was perhaps Justice Jones' most publicly prominent, it was the judge's body of opinions and decisions over the last 16 years that swung the pendulum in his favor...
Justice Jones, 62, was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Queens. His mother was a teacher and his father worked with the Long Island Rail Road, eventually becoming station master at Penn Station. He saw active duty in Vietnam from 1967-1969 and left the military as a captain.
A graduate of Hampton University and St. John's University School of Law (1972), Justice Jones spent two years with the criminal division of the Legal Aid Society. He then clerked for a Court of Claims judge and practiced law in Brooklyn before his election to Supreme Court in 1989. Justice Jones was a member of the Second Department's character and fitness committee from 1978 to 1990 and has taught as an adjunct professor at the City University of New York and St. John's University School of Law.