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Just six years after being assigned to the Commercial Division, Justice Barbara Kapnick became the newest member of the Appellate Division, First Department Friday when the governor announced new appointments to the mid-level appellate courts.

For those who know her well, Kapnick’s appointment, which is effective immediately, comes as no surprise. Practitioners praised her as someone who exercises “good judgment” on the bench and possesses “great skill” and fairness as a judge.

“While Justice Kapnick’s elevation to the Appellate Division is a great and well-deserved honor, the Commercial Division has lost one of its most pragmatic and sensible jurists,” said Michael Carlinsky, a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan who has known the judge the last 10 years.

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