U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood approved the recommendations for privilege from special master Barbara Jones, while setting deadlines for bringing the process to a close.
Thomas Brooks resigned earlier this year after the commission found he lived outside the town of Veteran, where he served as a judge.
The panel found the appellants' attempts to reach the high bar to succeed with a facial challenge was not met.
A recent case in the Western District of New York has the potential to reach both of the Courts of Appeal by different routes.
And other announcements of recent hirings, promotions and firm openings involving New York attorneys.