Caitlin J. Halligan



Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, 2023-


Caitlin J. Halligan, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, was born in Xenia, Ohio in December 1966. In April 2023, Governor Kathy Hochul nominated Judge Halligan to the Court of Appeals, and the New York Senate confirmed her nomination on April 19, 2023. Judge Halligan received her A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1988 and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995. From 1995 to 1996, she clerked for Judge Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and from 1997 to 1998, for United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

Before attending law school, Judge Halligan served as a Princeton-In-Asia Teaching Fellow in central China and as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. From 1999 through 2006, she served in the New York Attorney General’s Office, including more than five years as Solicitor General of New York. She also served as General Counsel to the Manhattan District Attorney from 2010 through 2013, and in private practice at several law firms in New York City. Most recently, she was a partner at Selendy Gay Elsberg, where she headed the firm’s appellate and pro bono practices. Judge Halligan has taught various courses on public law issues at Harvard and Columbia law schools.

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