Gov. Paterson nominated Judge Lippman (pictured) to serve as the chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals in early 2009 and after a year of service, the newspaper maintains that he "has helped turn the Court of Appeals into a scrappier, more divided and more liberal panel, its rulings and court statistics show."
According to The Times:
In the past year, the court has issued a series of sharply divided decisions that have been surprising from a judicial body with a clear 4-to-3 conservative majority. They have included decisions favoring criminal defendants and injured workers, expanding environmental challenges and extolling individual rights against the police.
Vincent M. Bonventre, a professor at Albany Law School, told the newspaper, "The message he is sending is he doesn't mind fighting for a much more progressive direction at the court."