Governor David A. Paterson today announced the appointment of Frederick K. Brewington, Esq. as a member of the Commission on Judicial Nomination, which is responsible for evaluating the qualifications of candidates for appointment to the offices of Chief Judge and Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals in the event of a vacancy in either of those positions. The Commission will play a key role in recommending to Governor Paterson the person who will succeed retiring Chief Judge Judith Kaye.
Mr. Brewington was raised on Long Island where he is a respected community advocate with a distinguished legal career. After working in a number of prestigious firms and offices, including a clerkship at the Office of the Legal Counsel of the United States Senate, Mr. Brewington began a private practice on Long Island. He developed his expertise in civil rights litigation challenging the at large voting system in the Town of Hempstead and litigating cases of individual civil rights violations. He is the recipient of several honors and awards for his community and public service.
Mr. Brewington earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and his J.D. from the Northeastern School of Law. He has served as the President of the Alumni Association of SUNY Albany and remains a member of the Council of Classes. Outside of his private practice, Mr. Brewington is an Adjunct Professor at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center of Touro College, a Certified lay speaker for the Long Island East District of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and a volunteer football coach in the Malverne School District.
He is married to the Reverend Adrienne Brewington, District Superintendent of the Long Island East District of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Mr. Brewington’s term runs through March 31, 2012. This is an unpaid position and does not require confirmation by the Senate.