Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
Michael J. Garcia '89 has been confirmed by the New York State Senate and will serve as an Associate Judge on the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.
“Michael Garcia is a skilled lawyer with a keen legal mind. He will be a wonderful asset to the Court of Appeals and the State of New York,” said Albany Law School President & Dean Alicia Ouellette. “His confirmation continues a tradition of excellence for Albany Law graduates. We wish him the very best as judge on our state’s highest court.”
Judge Garcia will join Albany Law School alumna Judge Leslie Stein ’81, whose appointment to the Court of Appeals was confirmed last February.
Judge Garcia was a member of the Albany Law Review and finished first in his class each year of law school, graduating as valedictorian in 1989. Judge Garcia, active in the Albany Law alumni network, delivered the keynote at commencement in 2006 and was honored as part of the Government Law Center’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2008. In 2015, he visited campus to speak at a memorial event for his mentor, the late Professor David D. Siegel.
He was nominated last month to serve on the Court of Appeals by Gov. Andrew Cuomo ‘82.
“With the Senate’s confirmation of Michael Garcia as the next Associate Judge on the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court has gained another strong, fair and highly-skilled leader," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. "As a federal prosecutor, defense attorney and commercial litigator, Judge Garcia demonstrated an immovable commitment to integrity and justice, and he is eminently qualified to continue this record of leadership on the Court of Appeals. I congratulate Judge Garcia on his confirmation, and am confident that his service will yield a stronger and more just state for all New Yorkers.”