January 17, 2017
Governor Cuomo Nominates Rowan D. Wilson as Associate Judge on New York State Court of Appeals
The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”) applauds Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nomination of Rowan D. Wilson to serve as an Associate Judge on the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. Mr. Wilson is a litigation partner in the New York office of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he has worked for the past 30 years and leads the firm’s pro bono efforts. If confirmed, Mr. Wilson would fill the vacancy created last year by the retirement of the Hon. Eugene F. Pigott Jr.
Mr. Wilson received WBASNY’s highest rating (“Highly Qualified and Commended”) last year, following his screening before WBASNY’s Judiciary Committee. A California native, Mr. Wilson received a B.A. cum laude from Harvard College in 1981 and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1984, where he was a member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. After graduation, Mr. Wilson served in a two year clerkship with Hon. James R. Browning, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He joined Cravath in 1986 and became a partner in 1992.
WBASNY President Jacqueline P. Flug described Mr. Wilson as a thoughtful, seasoned attorney who will bring a unique perspective to the bench. “Governor Cuomo’s selection of Mr. Wilson confirms WBASNY’s belief that the best and brightest serve in New York’s government, and will ensure that the Court of Appeals continues to be the leading court with access to justice for all,” Ms. Flug said.
Mr. Wilson’s nomination was sent to the State Senate this past Sunday.