The NY Court of Appeals makes their judges retire at 70, just when they’re beginning to get the hang of things. They’re now looking to fill the slot about to be vacated by septuagenarian Carmen Ciparick. According to the NY Law Journal, a “huge number” of applications have been downloaded, at least one of which was by Judge Wool. Aside from the usual irrelevant questions about where you went to law school and what legal writing have you done, the application requires a 500-word essay on what makes you think you should be a Court of Appeals judge. Here are some excerpts from the huge number of essays that have been submitted.
I (with the assistance of the summer intern) have been churning out lengthy decisions setting forth my views on all matters criminal for YEARS and nobody ever cites them! I know, because I check Westlaw first thing every morning. Putting me on the Court of Appeals would cure this enormity.