John A. Lahtinen was
appointed to the Third Department effective March 6, 2000. He is
a graduate of Colgate University and Albany Law School. After his
admission to practice in 1971, he engaged in the private practice of law
in Plattsburgh, Clinton County, until he was appointed and then elected
Justice of the Supreme Court for the Fourth Judicial District in 1997.
Justice Lahtinen also served as law secretary to the late Justice Norman
L. Harvey in the early 1970s, as a Clinton County special acting District
Attorney, and as a Plattsburgh special acting City Court Judge.