Thursday, October 20, 2011

Change at the Top


Yesterday came news that Ann Pfau had stepped down as the chief administrative judge of New York. While this position is mostly invisible to the general public, it is hugely important inside the justice system. Reporting directly to the chief judge of New York, the chief administrative judge is responsible for overseeing the third branch of government, which includes thousands of employees, millions of cases, and hundreds of tough policy calls each year. Today, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that Pfau will be replaced by Gail Prudenti. In the Law Journal story covering the announcement, Judge Prudenti said this: "I want to work with the Center for Court Innovation and look for partners that have the same goal of equal justice for all."