Richard Duncan Simons


Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals, 1983-1997

Acting Chief Judge, 1992-1993

Interviewed: 04/04/2003 & 09/05/2003

Interview conducted outside the Society’s Oral History Project.

Chief Trial Judge and Chief Appellate Judge, Oneida Indian Nation Court

Interviewed: 08/02/2017

Richard D. Simons arrived at the Court of Appeals in January 1983 as the Court was undergoing one of the most fundamental changes in its history. In 1978, New York had abolished its system of electing judges to the Court of Appeals and instituted a process by which new judges were appointed by the governor. Selected by Governor Mario Cuomo on his third day in office, Judge Simons became only the second Associate Judge to join the Court of Appeals… CONTINUE READING


Oral history of the Oneida Indian Nation Court transcript coming soon!
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