With the convention system for selecting state Supreme Court justices under attack in the courts, the New York State Bar Association figures the political climate has never been better to push for merit selection.

“The association has called for [merit selection] repeatedly over a 25-year period,” said State Bar President Mark H. Alcott of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. “We now face the extraordinary situation where a federal court has intervened and there is a great deal of uncertainty and political ferment. This is an opportunity for real reform, an opportunity we think must be seized.”

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