Statement on the passing of Norman Goodman


Statement on the passing of Norman Goodman

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Published On: Jan 28, 2019



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New York County Lawyers Association Statement on the

Passing of County Clerk of New York County, Norman Goodman


New York, New York (1/28/2019) – New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) President Michael J. McNamara issued this statement today:


“We express our most sincere condolences to the family of Norman Goodman, County Clerk for New York County, who passed away on January 24th at the age of 94. Mr. Goodman was a NYCLA Member for 28 years and a key contributor on the Supreme Court committee, the Judicial Section and the Task Force on the Independence of the Judiciary. His insight into the issues facing the courts will be missed.”


Mr. Goodman, whose titles also included clerk of the State Supreme Court and commissioner of jurors for Manhattan, has been credited with restructuring the borough’s jury selection process. In the 1990’s Goodman worked with then Chief Judge Judith Kaye on jury reform which he considered to be his most significant contribution to the court system in New York. In addition, he oversaw restorations to the Supreme Court Building at 60 Centre Street and was a driver in conserving judicial records going back to the 17th


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The New York County Lawyers Association ( was founded in 1908 as one of the first major bar associations in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Since its inception, it has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.