Statewide Special Counsel for Ethics
Rosemary Garland-Scott, Esq.
Rosemary Garland-Scott, Esq. is Special Counsel for Ethics for the Unified Court System. In that capacity, she is responsible for developing and conducting ethics training programs and for overseeing all aspects of the operations of the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center. She also serves as staff counsel to the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics and oversees the Non-Judicial Ethics hotline.
Prior to her new role, Ms. Garland-Scott served as Chief of Staff of the New York State Judicial Institute, which provides education and training for the court system’s judicial and non-judicial employees. Ms. Garland-Scott began her legal career as an assistant law clerk to the Hon. Paul G. Feinman, currently an Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, and later became a Principal Appellate Court Attorney in the Appellate Division, First Department. She currently serves, by appointment of the Chief Judge, as a commissioner on the Ethics Commission of the Unified Court System.
Ms. Garland-Scott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude, in Management with minors in Economics and International Business from Northwood University and a Master of Business Administration from Long Island University, C.W. Post. She earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Touro Law Center, where she was an Editor on the Moot Court Board and a teaching assistant for the Legal Education Access Program. Ms. Garland-Scott was also the winner of both the John S. Bainbridge and Nassau Academy of Law Moot Court Competitions, for which she received recognition for Best Appellate Brief and Best Oralist, respectively.
Ms. Garland-Scott is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York Women’s Bar Association.
Josefina M. Lessey
At the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center, Ms. Lessey plays a key role in facilitating and monitoring judicial candidates' compliance with the mandatory ethics training requirement, tracking ethics inquiries from judicial candidates, and preparing the annual judicial candidate voter guide. She has over 20 years of experience in the private sector as a senior executive assistant for a large financial institution.
Ms. Lessey enjoys volunteering with the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Foundation, NY Cares, and Read Ahead.
Sherice has several roles within the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics including working closely with counsel to address inquiries from candidates seeking election to judicial office. She also oversees the Non-Judicial Ethics Helpline for non-judicial employees statewide. Ms. Goodwine has a Master of Business Administration from Babson College and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College. In her spare time, she mentors high school students, volunteers with local community groups and enjoys traveling.