A newly created panel charged with determining whether judicial candidates in the region are qualified has given its stamp of approval to the Democratic Candidate for Kingston city judge. The Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission reviewing candidates in the state's Third Judicial District said it rated Judge James Gilpatric as QUALIFIED. This is a big boost to Gilpatric, who has been a judge longer than his GOP opponnet has been an attorney.
Press Release click here ---> Judge Gilpatric rated QualifiedI was also browsing Judge Gilpatric's website and he has a very impressive resume :
Ulster County Magistrates Association (2002 President)
Ulster County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New York State Association of City Court Judges
Professional Affiliations & Civic Activities:
2003 to present - Member of Executive Committee of Ulster County Housing Consortium
2001 to present - Member of Ulster County Mental Health Community Services Board
1998 to present - Substance Abuse Sub-Committee of Ulster County Mental Health Community Services Board; Member of Committee; Chairperson since 1/2000
1995-1997 & 2002-2004, 2006 - Ulster County Student Mock Trial Competition - Trial Judge
1994 - Kingston-Ulster Economic Development Zone Application Committee Member1
993 to present - Rural Ulster Preservation Company; Member of Board of Directors - Past Secretary
1992-1993 - Ulster County Bar Association; Member of Board of Directors
1991-1992 - Ulster County Chapter of American Red Cross - Member of Board of Directors
1990-1993 - Ulster County Bar Association Pro Bono Program - Special Recognition Years
1984-1985 - Coach, M. Clifford Miller Mock Trial Team1
981-1985 - Rural Ulster Preservation Company; Member of Board of Directors (President - one year)
1979-1986 Kingston Kiwanis Club Member
1993 - Campaign Chairman for Hon. Mayor T.R. Gallo, City of Kingston
1992 - Campaign Chairman for Hon. Karen K. Peters, Supreme Court
1992-1993 - Kingston Democratic Committee Member
1992 - Ulster County Campaign Co-Coordinator for Hon. Leonard A. Weiss, Supreme Court
1991 - Ulster County Campaign Co-Coordinator for Hon. James B. Canfield, Supreme Court
1991 - Ulster County Campaign Co-Coordinator for Hon. Edward O. Spain, Supreme Court
1991 - Ulster County Campaign Co-Coordinator for Thomas Keegan, Supreme Court
1990 - Ulster County Campaign Co-Coordinator for Anthony V. Cardona, Supreme Court
1981 - Campaign Chairman for Hon. Vincent G. Bradley, Supreme Court
1977 - Co-Coordinator of Mayoral Primary Poll for Kings County Democratic Committee (Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York)
1977-1978 - Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club Member, Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York
Training, Special Projects and Lectures:
6/2003 to 2/2006- Planning the establishment of a formal Domestic Violence Court for the City of Kingston in coordination with the Center for Court Innovation and various local partners such as the Ulster County District Attorney, Ulster County Crime Victims Agency, Family of Woodstock and NYS Office of Court Administration.
1995, 1998 & 2000 - Public Speaking engagements as City Court Judge for Kingston Concerned Citizens, Kingston Kiwanis Club and Knights of Columbus.
1994 - Instructor, Judicial Ethics Update for NYS Magistrates mandatory continuing legal education program.
1994 to present - Kingston City Court Projects: development of separate domestic violence calendar; establishment of regular parking ticket calendar part; assisted in facilitating joint City of Kingston/Ulster County participation in weekend alternative sentencing program.
1982 - Instructor, UC Legal Secretaries Association (real estate contracts).
1975-1976 - Legal intern for NYS Assembly Codes Committee, Staff & Chairman, Hon. Stanley Fink.
1974 - Intern in the Capital Office of Assemblyman John LaFalce.