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George D. Marlow

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George D. Marlow

George D. Marlow, retired Appellate Division Justice, was also the Statewide Judicial Director of Ethics Education and Counsel. In this role, Justice Marlow conducted ethics training and ethics counseling, and oversaw ethics opinion writing for all 3400 judges and non-judicial employees of the Unified Court System, including town and village justices. Since retiring in 2009, he continues to serve pro bono as Chair of the NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, and he has re-joined this firm as Counsel primarily focusing on Arbitration and Mediation. He was accepted to the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Neutrals in 2010.

Previously, Justice Marlow had served as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, from 2001 – 2008, after his 1999 election to the Supreme Court in the Ninth Judicial District. Justice Marlow was elected earlier as a trial judge in Town, Family, County, and Supreme Courts for 21 of his 45 years in the legal profession. He was a prosecuting attorney arguing appeals and handling trials in Queens and Dutchess counties after law school, and he spent eight years in private practice in Poughkeepsie.

Justice Marlow has been appointed to many leadership and significant positions within the Unified Court System, including:

In 2007, he was named Chair of the NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics. He was co-chair before that and he has been a member since the Committee’s creation in 1987.

In 2003, he was named to the (Feerick) Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections to propose reforms in the process of electing judges.

In 2000, Justice Marlow was appointed to the (Birnbaum) Commission on Fiduciary Appointments to evaluate New York’s rules governing the sensitive subject of judicial appointments of fiduciaries, in particular their ethical and practical implications.

In 1995, Justice Marlow was appointed co-chair of the NYS Capital Case Judicial Resource Committee, in charge of training judges to preside in capital murder trials.

In 1991, Justice Marlow was elected President of the Dutchess County Bar Association while a Family Court Judge.

In 1998, he presided over one of New York State’s first two death penalty trials (People v. McIntosh) under New York’s 1995 death penalty statutes. The jury rendered a verdict of life without parole.

In 1997, he became the first judge in New York State history to earn a Masters of Judicial Studies from the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada in Reno.

He also has been invited frequently to teach at judicial and legal seminars on judicial ethics, professional ethics, appeals, capital case litigation, domestic violence, and gender bias.

Justice Marlow has also authored and co-authored several legal writings and he has authored scores of published judicial opinions.

He is a 1966 graduate of St. John’s University Law School and a 1963 graduate of St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York.