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Joseph W. Belluck Reappointed Chair of New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct

Belluck & Fox Managing Partner Joseph Belluck has been reappointed as chair of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct by Governor Kathy Hochul. The appointment of Belluck marks the start of a new four-year term, beginning on April 1, 2024. He has served on the commission since 2008 and assumed the chairmanship in 2016.

The Commission on Judicial Conduct plays a crucial role as an independent agency responsible for reviewing misconduct complaints against judges and justices within the state’s unified court system. Composed of 11 non-paid members, Belluck is one of four individuals appointed by the Governor.

“I am grateful to Governor Hochul for her confidence in reappointing me to lead the Commission on Judicial Conduct,” said Belluck. “I am honored to continue its important work and constitutional mission: to oversee judicial ethics enforcement professionally and fairly throughout New York State. As a lawyer who helps people and their families find justice through the courts, I understand how critically important it is to maintain trust and ethics across the judiciary. We will strive to ensure that every citizen receives the fair and due process they are entitled to as Americans.”

The significance of the commission’s work was highlighted in its recently published annual report, revealing a record-breaking number of complaints totaling 2,982. Among these complaints, 778 preliminary inquiries or full-scale investigations were authorized, leading to seven public dispositions, including removals from office, resignation stipulations, censures, and admonitions.

Beyond his role in the Commission on Judicial Conduct, Belluck is renowned for his legal expertise, particularly in representing injured consumers and workers in asbestos and serious injury litigation. Throughout his career, he has secured settlements exceeding $1 billion. Notably, he previously represented the State of New York in its landmark $25 billion lawsuit against the tobacco industry, resulting in a significant settlement.

As Belluck embarks on another term leading the Commission on Judicial Conduct, his dedication to upholding judicial ethics and ensuring fairness within the New York State court system remains steadfast. With a wealth of experience and a track record of integrity, his continued stewardship promises to uphold the highest standards of judicial conduct across the state.

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