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Hon. Paula Feroleto

Hon. Paula L. Feroleto was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 2004. In September 2009, she was appointed as Administrative Judge of the Eighth Judicial District.

The Eighth Judicial District includes the Western New York counties of Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. In addition to the Supreme, County, Family and Surrogate Courts in all eight counties there are 11 City Courts and 197 Town and Village Courts.

Justice Feroleto has continued the tradition of the Eighth Judicial District in implementing innovative programs which assist the public's access to the courts including an extensive array of problem solving courts. These include Integrated Domestic Violence Courts in seven of the eight counties, Mental Health Courts, Felony DWI Courts and Sex Offender Courts. The Veteran's Court in Buffalo has become a nationally recognized model and the District has added additional Veteran's Treatment Courts in the last year. The Eighth Judicial District's Court Help Center is the only office of its type outside of the New York City area. Justice Feroleto has been a long standing member of the Eighth Judicial District's Pro Bono Committee. Despite decreases in funding the committee has continued its efforts to expand access to Volunteer Legal Services throughout the eight counties of Western New York. The district continues to be involved in internship and mentoring opportunities for young people. A Young Adult Court has been opened in Buffalo City Court for 16 and 17 year olds. GED programs are now being operated on site at Buffalo City Court and Niagara Falls City Court.

A graduate of Georgetown University the Judge earned her J.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1991, she became partner in the Buffalo law firm of Brown & Kelly, LLP where she acted as coordinator for the firm's involvement in Erie County's Volunteer Lawyer's Project, winning an award from VLP in 1999 for the firm's substantial contributions to the program.

Justice Feroleto has won many honors and awards. Most recently, the recipient of the 2011 Legal Service Award from the Minority Bar Association; Women in the Law - Gender & Racial Fairness Committee Award 2011; UB Law Alumni Association - Award for the Judiciary - 2011; Sandy Kulick Memorial Award 2010 and Judicial Award - 2010 Volunteer Lawyers Project. Along with her husband John, they received the Commitment to Education Award in 2009 from the City of Buffalo. A past President of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association she has held office with the Bar Association of Erie County and the SUNY at Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Her spare time for many years has been a tutor with Lawyers for Learning at School 18. She served on the School Board and Home School Association of her children's school. Justice Feroleto continues to serve as parish trustee at St. Rose of Lima in North Buffalo.

Justice Feroleto and her husband, John, reside in Buffalo, New York, as do their three adult children.

Judge Paula Feroleto

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