Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick
Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick ()

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday named retired Court of Appeals Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and former Appellate Division, Second Department, Justice Barry Cozier as chair and vice chair, respectively, of his Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

The appointments mean Ciparick and Cozier will play a key role in the selection of judges to the civil, criminal and family courts in the city.

Additionally, de Blasio appointed Richard Emery, a founding partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady in Manhattan, as chairman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates complaints of police misconduct.

Ciparick, the first Hispanic to serve on the state’s highest court, joined Greenberg Traurig after nearly 20 years on the Court of Appeals. In an interview, she said her immediate goal is to recruit candidates for the nine new Family Court judges created by the state Legislature for New York City.

“We need to scour the city for really good candidates,” she said. “Obviously, we need more than nine candidates and I really want to find nine outstanding judges.”

Ciparick said that after 34 years in the judiciary, she is “very happy to serve in this role, doing something that I feel is really important, which is ensure that the judiciary for the next few decades includes people who represent the values of fairness and scholarship and integrity and good will, all those characteristics that make up a good judge.”

Ciparick’s predecessor as chairman was Zachary Carter, who is now the city’s corporation counsel.

Cozier, a former associate justice of the Second Department, has served on the advisory committee since 2006. He is a partner at LeClair Ryan.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said in a statement that the appointments of Ciparick and Cozier “clearly reflect the mayor’s understanding of how fundamental the quality of the New York judiciary is to the well-being of our city.”

Emery, a former staff attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union, was a partner at Lankenau Kovner & Bickford before forming his own firm in 1995. He is currently a member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, which polices the judiciary.

Editors’ Note: This item has been updated to reflect a Correction.