CMM is pleased to announce that Senior Partners Scott Middleton and Christine Malafi have been named to the Judicial Screening Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association (SCBA). The Committee is tasked with investigating the background, experience, and other qualifications of candidates seeking to run for judicial office in Suffolk County to ensure that potential nominees are qualified to serve on the bench. The Committee consists of 25 active members of the SCBA of recognized standing, judgment and independence, and serve for a term of three years or until their successor is appointed.
Middleton previously served on the Committee and was reappointed this year. He chairs the Municipal Liability and Personal Injury practice groups at CMM. He handles all types of litigation, representing individuals and defending large and small businesses and municipalities in a wide array of matters including transportation, personal injury, premises liability, labor law (construction accidents and employment issues), civil rights, wrongful death, road design, and general litigation. Middleton serves on the Board of Directors of East End Arts as President in addition to his membership on the Stony Brook University Intercollegiate Athletic Board.
Malafi joins the Committee this year in addition to her work chairing the Corporate department at CMM. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and routine and complex transactions. She routinely represents buyers and sellers in multimillion-dollar transactions and serves in a general counsel role for many of the firm’s corporate clients. In addition to her legal work, Malafi serves on the Executive Board of Directors of Family Service League as the Vice-Chair of Governance & Nominating. She also sits on the Board of Governors of Touro Law School.
All members of the Judicial Screening Committee are appointed by the President of the SCBA, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. Committee members are attorneys who have achieved distinction and experience in the practice of law. Middleton and Malafi’s roles on the Committee demonstrate their outstanding service to the public as well as their continued pledge to faithfully serve the Suffolk County legal community.