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NEW LEADERSHIP INSTALLED AT CJP The Commission on Judicial Performance has new leadership: Third District Court of Appeal Justice Vance Raye is the new chairman, and Santa Monica lawyer Marshall Grossman is vice chairman. Both men have served on the commission since 2001. Commissioners serve four-year terms and can be reappointed. Raye was appointed to the appeal court by Gov. George Deukmejian in 1991. Previously, he was a Sacramento County Superior Court judge, and before that he was Deukmejian’s legal affairs secretary. Grossman is a senior partner at Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan, where he handles securities and class action defense, as well as complex business litigation and professional liability defense, according to his firm’s Web site. Raye and Grossman were elected to their new spots at a commission meeting March 30. The commission is responsible for investigating and disciplining state judges. It’s composed of two lawyers, three judges and six public members. — Jeff Chorney DAD SHARES BENEFIT FOR ABANDONED SON NEW YORK — A father who abandoned his son in infancy and refused to financially or emotionally support him is nonetheless entitled to half the death benefit owed to the son, who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a divided appellate panel has held. The Appellate Division, 3rd Department, concluded that the Workers’ Compensation Law describes parent in strictly biological terms. Since the father’s parental rights were never formally severed, he is entitled to the same benefit afforded to the mother, who struggled on public assistance and raised two well-educated and successful sons, the court found. Its decision in Matter of Caldwell v. Alliance Consulting Group Inc., 93704, upholds a determination of the Workers’ Compensation Board. The case involves a 30-year-old man, Kenneth Caldwell, who was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, where he worked as a senior account manager with Alliance Consulting Group. Caldwell was not married and had no dependents. Caldwell’s mother, Elsie Caldwell, filed a Workers’ Compensation claim on behalf of her son. Her former husband, Leon Caldwell, intervened, claiming rights to half the death benefit. The Workers’ Compensation Board decided he was entitled to share equally in the $50,000 award. On Thursday, the 3rd Department upheld that finding over a passionate dissent. — New York Law Journal

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