Henry Greenberg, a Greenberg Traurig shareholder in Albany, has been appointed new counsel to the state Commission on Judicial Nomination. Greenberg will succeed Stephen Younger, a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, who is resigning after five years in the post.
The 12-member commission nominates the lists of candidates from which governors select openings to the state Court of Appeals. The commission is chaired by former chief judge Judith Kaye, who is of counsel to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Greenberg clerked for Kaye at the Court of Appeals from 1988-90. He was later an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District, counsel to the lieutenant governor, counsel to the state Health Department and counsel to then-attorney general Andrew Cuomo.
The commission said attorney John Halloran Jr. is also leaving as deputy counsel. Like Younger, he has been with the commission since 2008.
The Court of Appeals is expected to have its next opening on Nov. 28, 2014, when the term of Judge Victoria Graffeo expires. That will be followed in short order with the retirement of Judge Robert Smith on Dec. 31, 2014.