Manhattan Dems Announce the 2022 Supreme Court Independent Judicial Screening Panel

Update: June 17, 2022
The New York County Democratic Committee previously announced the formation of an Independent Screening Panel. As an update, the screening panel for Supreme Court 2022, administered by Michael J. Weiner, Esq., consists of:
Yi Stewart | Asian American Bar Association of New York
Ruth Jin | Asian Americans for Equality
Justin Blash | Brehon Law Society
Marianne Bertuna | Columbian Lawyers Association
Bruce Lederman | Jewish Lawyers Guild
Gennaro M. Savastano | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
Kenneth Reid | Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP
Alvin Ponder | National Action Network
Susan Crumiller | National Employment Lawyers Association – NY
Avinoam Laby | New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Jacqueline Silbermann | New York Women’s Bar Association
Jason Canales | Puerto Rican Bar Association
Leslie Kelmachter | Women’s Trial Lawyers Caucus


June 1, 2022
The New York County Democratic Committee has announced the formation of an Independent Screening Panel to report on the qualifications of candidates seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party for three (3) vacancies on the New York State Supreme Court to be elected in the November 2022 general election. The heads of numerous bar associations, community organizations and law schools have been invited to nominate members of the panel, which will be directed to report a total of no more than the nine (9) most highly qualified candidates for the three vacancies.

Candidates for the nomination may obtain applications from Kyle H. Ishmael, Esq., Executive Director for the New York County Democratic Committee, via email at
The deadline for submitting completed applications is Monday, June 13, 2022 at 3:00 PM.

2022 Supreme Court Selection Political Calendar
Wednesday, June 1 | Judicial Applications available
Monday, June 13 @ 3pm | Judicial Applications due
*Monday, June 13 | Independent Screening Panel convenes
*Tuesday, July 19 | Independent Screening Panel reports out results
*Tuesday, August 9 | New York County Democratic Judicial Convention

*subject to change