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Commission Members

The Commission on Public Integrity consists of thirteen members: seven members, including the Chair are selected by the Governor and six members are appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Attorney General, the Comptroller, and the four Legislative leaders. No more than four of the seven members appointed by the Governor can belong to the same political party.

Members of the Commission on Public Integrity are:

John D. Feerick is Chair of the Commission on Public Integrity. He had served as the Chair of the State Ethics Commission and serves as the Norris Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. He is also the Founder and Director of the Law School's Feerick Center for Social Justice and Dispute Resolution.

From 1982 to 2002, Mr. Feerick served as Dean of Fordham Law School. In addition, Dean Feerick has chaired the New York State Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections and previously served as a court-appointed Judicial Referee in the case of Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. New York State. From 1987 to 1990, serving as Special Deputy New York State Attorney General, Dean Feerick chaired the New York State Commission on Government Integrity that contributed to the adoption of the 1987 Ethics in Government Act.

Dean Feerick was a member of the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom from 1961 to 1982. He also participated in the formulation, adoption and implementation of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1967, which relates to presidential succession. Dean Feerick has been recognized for his extensive work in the field of government reform. He has been the recipient of honors and recognitions from various groups, including the American Bar Association, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and the New York Lawyers for Public Interest. He has received the highest awards from the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York County Lawyers' Association for his contributions to the legal profession.

Dean Feerick received his B.S. from Fordham College and his J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Daniel R. Alonso is a partner in the Litigation Department of Kaye Scholer LLP. Before joining Kaye Scholer, LLP, Mr. Alonso was Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. In that capacity, he supervised approximately 110 federal prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution of a vast array of crimes, and personally handled many significant matters involving public corruption and fraud. From 1990 to1995, Mr. Alonso served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office, where he handled white-collar criminal cases while assigned to the Frauds Bureau and the Special Prosecutions Bureau. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa of the New York Court of Appeals.

Mr. Alonso is a four-time winner of the Justice Department's Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and is a recipient of the Henry L. Stimson Medal, awarded by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York to outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorneys. He currently serves as the Chair of the Council on Criminal Justice of the New York City Bar Association, as a Director of the Fund for Modern Courts, and as a member of the Advisory Group to the New York State-Federal Judicial Council.

Mr. Alonso received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Virginia M. Apuzzo has served in a number of government positions at the State and federal level. She served in the administration of President Bill Clinton as Assistant to the President for Management and Administration, prior to which she was Associate Deputy Secretary in the United States Department of Labor, where she provided policy guidance and operating program direction to Assistant Secretaries and Office Directors on issues of national significance.

Before joining the federal government, Ms. Apuzzo was a Commissioner and President of the New York State Civil Service Commission, responsible for decision making affecting 189,000 State employees and 350,000 municipal employees, regarding titles, salary levels and minimum qualifications for classified service positions. Earlier, she had served as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal; Deputy Executive Director of the State Consumer Protection Board; Governor's Liaison to the Lesbian and Gay Community; Vice-Chair of the AIDS Advisory Council within the State Department of Health; Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Executive Director of the Fund for Human Dignity; Executive Director of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings for the City of New York; and Assistant Commissioner in the Office of Operations at the Department of Health for the City of New York.

She has been a Tenured Lecturer at the Brooklyn College School of Education. She received her B.S. from the State University of New York College of New Paltz and her M.S. in Urban Education from Fordham University.

John M. Brickman is a partner in the law firm of Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, LLP. He heads the firm's litigation group, practicing primarily in the area of commercial litigation. From 1971 to 1975, he served as Executive Director of the New York City Board of Correction, overseeing the operation of the New York City prison system. In addition, from 1991 to 2006, he was Adjunct Professor of Law at Touro College's Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Mr. Brickman is pro bono legal counsel to the Manhasset-Great Neck Community Service Center. He also serves as Chairman of the Correctional Association of New York, a Director of the Nassau Health Care Corporation, and a Director of the Levitt Foundation. From 1992 to 1994, he served as a Trustee of the Johns Hopkins University and President of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association.

Mr. Brickman received his undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Andrew G. Celli, Jr. is a founding partner in the Manhattan law firm of Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff and Abady. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Celli served as Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the Office of the New York State Attorney General. Mr. Celli is a former associate at Cravath, Swaine and Moore and clerked for United States District Court Judge Charles P. Sifton. He has extensively litigated commercial, civil rights and constitutional cases in State and federal courts.

In 2004, Mr. Celli was appointed as a member of the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying and served as the Commission's Vice-Chair. He is a graduate of Hobart College and New York University School of Law.

Richard D. Emery is a founding partner in the Manhattan Law firm of Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady. His practice focuses on civil rights, election law, commercial litigation, intellectual property, and entertainment. Mr. Emery enjoys a national reputation as a litigator, trying cases at all levels, from the United States Supreme Court to federal and State appellate and trial courts in New York, Washington, D.C., California, Washington state, and others.

Prior to forming Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, Mr. Emery had his own firm and was a partner at Lankenau Kovner & Pickford, where he successfully challenged the structure of the New York City Board of Estimate under the one-person, one-vote doctrine, resulting in the Supreme Court's unanimous invalidation of the Board on constitutional grounds. Before then, he was a staff attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union and Director of the Institutional Legal Services Project in Washington state, which represented persons held in juvenile prison and mental health facilities. Mr. Emery served as law clerk to the Honorable Gus J. Solomon of the U.S. District Court for the district of Washington. Mr. Emery was a member of Governor Cuomo's Commission on Integrity in Government, sat on Governor Eliot Spitzer's Transition Committee for Government Reform Issues and was appointed to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. He has also taught at the New York University and University of Washington schools of law.

Mr. Emery received the I Love an Ethical New York Award from Common Cause in October 2000. He received his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Daniel J. French is a partner in the Syracuse firm of French-Alcott, PLLC. His practice includes complex civil litigation and criminal defense, along with a federal relations practice. Prior to forming French-Alcott, Mr. French was a member and later of counsel at Green & Seifter. Mr. French served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York where he was the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer for 32 of New York's 62 counties and served over 3.5 million State residents. He oversaw the work of 39 Assistant United States Attorneys located in Syracuse, Albany and Binghamton.

Previously, Mr. French served as an Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the criminal division in Syracuse and as a confidential Law Clerk to then United States District Court Judge Rosemary S. Pooler. In addition, Mr. French served as Acting Deputy Staff Director to the United States Senate Committee on Finance, Executive Assistant to United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and as a professional staff member to the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Mr. French is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Onondaga County Bar Association and the Association of Former United States Attorneys. He also is a Trustee on the Board of the Federal Court Bar Association of the Northern District of New York. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Thousand Island Land Trust and Save the River.

He received his B.A. from the State University of New York College at Oswego and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

Robert J. Giuffra, Jr. is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's Litigation Group. He is the Coordinator of Sullivan & Cromwell's Securities Litigation Practice, the Co-Head of Business Development and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He is the President of the Federal Bar Council.

In 1998, Governor Pataki appointed Mr. Giuffra to serve as one of the five Commissioners of the New York State Ethics Commission, the predecessor agency of the Commission on Public Integrity, and he served on the Ethics Commission until 2007. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Giuffra was Chief Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. From 1991 to 1992, while at Sullivan & Cromwell, he served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in New York County.

Mr. Giuffra clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A resident of New York City, Mr. Giuffra received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was an Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal.

David L. Gruenberg is a solo practitioner in Troy. From 1983 to 2004, he served as Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has also served as Counsel to Senator Joseph Bruno and Senator Roy Goodman. In addition, from 1984 to 2003, Mr. Gruenberg served as Counsel to the Majority in the Rensselaer County Legislature. He was an Assistant Public Defender in Rensselaer County from 1979 to 1982 and was an Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Office of the Attorney General from 1974 to 1977. Mr. Gruenberg established and staffed the Office of the Rensselaer County Conflict Defender.

Mr. Gruenberg received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Hon. James P. King retired as a Brigadier General from the United States Marine Corps after 22 years of active duty. In his last assignment, he was the Corps' top ranking member of JAG. His subsequent career has included positions as a law clerk and law professor at Stetson University Law School. In 1983, he was appointed an Assistant Attorney General and served there until 1990 when he ran for and was elected to the New York State Assembly. He was the ranking minority member of both the Codes Committee and the Legislative Ethics Committee.

In 1995 he was appointed as a Judge of the Court of Claims where he served until his retirement from the Bench in 2000. Shortly thereafter, he joined the New York Department of State as General Counsel. After his retirement in 2002, he continued his adjunct teaching position at Albany Law School and became the Government Law Center's first Government Lawyer in Residence. He currently is the Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Siena College. He served as a Commissioner on the Public Authorities Reform Commission and as member and Chair of the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying.

Judge King received a B.A. from Westminster College, an LLB from Albany Law School and an LLM from George Washington Law School.

Hon. Howard A. Levine is Senior Counsel at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna. From 1993 to 2002 he was an Associate Judge on the New York State Court of Appeals and from 2000 to 2002 he was Chair of the New York Federal-State Judicial Council. Judge Levine was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department from 1982 to 1993. In 1981, Judge Levine was a Justice of the State Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial District. Judge Levine has also been a Family Court Judge and was the District Attorney for Schenectady County from 1967 to 1970 after serving as an Assistant District Attorney from 1961 to 1966.

In 2000, Judge Levine was the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Federal Commercial Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association and in 2003 he received its Annual Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service in the Law.

Judge Levine received his B.A. and LLB from Yale University.

Loretta E. Lynch is a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and corporate compliance issues. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Lynch served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. During her tenure, she oversaw an office of more than 150 attorneys who represented the federal government in both civil and criminal matters. Prior to being named U.S. Attorney, Ms. Lynch served as the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the district. She also served as Chief of the Long Island office from 1994 to 1998, after serving as the Deputy Chief of General Crimes and as Chief of Intake and Arraignments for the district. Ms. Lynch has been a frequent instructor for the U.S. Department of Justice in their Criminal Trial Advocacy Program and has served as an adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Law. She has also participated in trial advocacy workshops for the prosecutors of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and served as Special Counsel to the Prosecutor of the ICTR.

Ms. Lynch is a Member of the Boards of The Legal Aid Society, the National Institute for Law and Equity, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. Ms. Lynch is also a Member of the Board of Advisors for the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law. She is a former Member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

She received her A.B. from Harvard College in 1981, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984.

John T. Mitchell is of counsel to the law firm of Thorn Gershon Tymann & Bonanni, LLP. Prior to that, Mr. Mitchell was with the firm of Tobin and Dempf, LLP. Mr. Mitchell was Counsel to the Town of Bethlehem Planning Board from 1989 to1990 and was a member of the Planning Board in 1988.

Mr. Mitchell was a member of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board from 1999 to 2006. He is a founding member of the Albany County Bar Foundation, a past President of the Albany County Bar Association, and a past member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association.

He received his A.B. from Canisius College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

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