White Plains judge appointed second-in-charge to judicial conduct panel

A local judge has been named an officer of a state board that investigates complaints about judges and disciplines those who behave unethically:

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct elected Court of Claims Judge Terry Jane Ruderman as its Vice Chair on May 19, 2011.  Judge Ruderman has been a member of the Commission since 1999.

Commission members serve for renewable four-year terms, by appointment of the Governor, the Chief Judge or one of the four leaders of the Legislature. Commission officers are elected by the members and serve renewable two-year terms.  Judge Ruderman is filling the remainder of the term of former Commission Vice Chair Stephen R. Coffey, whose term expired on March 31, 2011 after serving as a member for 16 years and as Vice Chair for three.

Judge Ruderman was appointed to the Court of Claims in 1995 by then-Governor George E. Pataki and is assigned to the White Plains district.  At the time she was the Principal Law Clerk to a Justice of the Supreme Court.   Previously, she served as an Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy County Attorney in Westchester County, and later she was in the private practice of law.

Judge Ruderman was appointed to the Commission in 1999 by then-Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to complete the remainder of Judge Juanita Bing Newton’s term as a member.  She was reappointed by Judge Kaye in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Judge Ruderman is a member of the New York State Committee on Women in the Courts and Chair of the Gender Fairness Committee for the Ninth Judicial District. She is also a board member and former Vice President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, was President of the White Plains Bar Association and served as President of the New York State Association of Women Judges.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.