This was offered "on a personal note", as a qualification of a judicial candidate Porter Kirkwood for the position of a Family Court judge - as opposed to Judge Gary Rosa's statement in his election campaign that he is always "on-call" as a judge for criminal arraignments and orders of protection.
Porter Kirkwood obviously endorsed his qualification by posting his "personal note" on his Facebook campaign website:
has no verifiable legal training and certainly cannot pronounce a "professional opinion" as to how good Porter Kirkwood is as an attorney.
I am an attorney, I do have a legal training, I participated in cases where Kirkwood appeared - both in Family Court and in federal court - and I can attest that Kirkwood lacks basic competence and ethics.
How Kirkwood was "instrumental" in forming Drug Treatment Court and Family Court is also (1) unverifiable, since information about that court is not public, and (2) raises all kinds of conflict-of-interest and ex-parte-communication issues, because the alleged "creator" of Drug Court in Delaware County (who was re-elected in 2012 on the same fairy tale), Carl Becker, presided over child neglect proceedings while communicating with Porter Kirkwood in "creating Family Treatment Court" and "Drug Treatment Court" - and that is in addition to their ex parte communications behind the courthouse that were visible, and those likely ex partes by phone and in person that were not visible or verifiable.
Mr. Cole also indicated that Porter Kirkwood was allegedly recently appointed to the Surrogate Decision-Making Committee by the New York State Justice Center for Protection of People with Special Needs.
Sounds wonderful and honorable. Right? Let's look into what the alleged Committee does and how what the Committee does fits with what Porter Kirkwood does in his public employment and private practice.
Here is what the Committee does: