As New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye prepares to step down on Wednesday after reaching the court's mandatory retirement age of 70, some continue to discuss the validity of the retirement policy built into the state's Constitution. Former Court of Appeals Judge Howard A. Levine, now 76 and still managing a crowded schedule of legal work, calls the age ceiling, adopted in 1869 when life expectancies were in the 40s, "archaic." But not everyone agrees with Levine's assessment.
Mandatory Retirement for State Judges: A 'Waste of Accumulated Wisdom' or a 'Good Thing'?
New York Law Journal
December 30, 2008