Presiding Justice Karen K. Peters

Justice Karen K. Peters
  • Became the first woman to be Presiding Justice of the Third Department when appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 5, 2012.
  • Appointed to the Third Department on February 3, 1994 by Gov. Mario Cuomo.
  • A graduate of George Washington University (1969) and New York University School of Law (1972).
  • Began her legal career in private practice, later serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Dutchess County.
  • A former assistant professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
  • Served as counsel to the State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse from 1979 to 1983 before becoming director of the State Assembly Government Operations Committee in 1983.
  • Judicial career began with her election to the Ulster County Family Court in 1983.
  • In 1992, became the first woman elected to the Supreme Court in the Third Department, and was reelected in 2006.
  • Served as a member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct from 2000 to 2012.
  • Chair of the State Bar Association's Committee on Judicial Wellness and has also served on that Association's Special Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Special Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline, and the President's Committee on Access to Justice.
  • Member of the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children.
  • Received numerous awards, including the 2017 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare; the 2017 Betty Weinberg Ellerin Mentoring Award; the State Bar Association's Judicial Section Inaugural Award for Advancement of Judicial Diversity; the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society's Public Service Leadership Award; the Capital District Women's Bar Association's Judge Kaye Distinguished Membership Attorney Award; Albany Law School's Kate Stoneman Award; and the Robert L. Haig Award for Distinguished Public Service.

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