Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a colleague from his early years as an attorney in Manhattan to a state panel that reviews complaints of misconduct by the state’s judges and justices within the state court system.
Associate Justice Robert Miller of the Appellate Division, Second Department will serve on the State Commission on Judicial Conduct more than 30 years after working with Cuomo at the defunct firm Weiss, Blutrich, Falcone & Miller.
Miller was already a partner at the firm when Cuomo joined its ranks, albeit briefly, in the mid-1980s. Cuomo left the firm after a few years when he founded an organization to provide support services for homeless and indigent New York residents.
Miller has since padded his resume with a career at a handful of other prominent New York law firms and his election to judicial office about a decade ago.
After his graduation from the Georgetown University Law Center, Miller worked until 1978 as a staff attorney at the Equitable Life Assurance Co.
He then worked at four New York law firms until he entered public service in 2007. He joined Parker Duryee Rosoff & Haft in 1996 and stayed on when Reed Smith acquired the firm in 2002. He stayed there until his election.
His longest tenure was at Weiss, Blutrich, Falcone & Miller and its successor firms, where he worked from 1983 to 1996. He was also a partner at Kreindler & Relkin from 1978 to 1983.
Miller has served as an associate justice with the Second Department since 2010, when he was appointed by former Gov. David Paterson. He was elected as a supreme court justice in Brooklyn in 2007.
He will take the place of Court of Claims Judge David Weinstein, who served on the Commission on Judicial Conduct from 2012 to 2018.
Miller will serve for the next three-and-a-half years on the commission, which is tasked with reviewing complaints of misconduct by judges and justices within the state court system and publicly imposing penalties.
The commission’s members continue to serve in their respective capacities during their term. The position comes without pay.