Edward O. Spain
was designated a Justice of the Third Department effective December 30,
1994. He began his legal career in private practice in 1966 with
his father in Troy. In 1967, he served as an Assistant District Attorney
for Rensselaer County until he was called to active duty in the United
States Navy, Judge Advocate General corps; he was honorably discharged
in 1972 with the rank of lieutenant. Justice Spain returned to private
practice and served as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Troy
for two years.
In 1977, Justice Spain served as Deputy Chief Clerk of Rensselaer County
Surrogate's Court and was elected to Troy Police Court, where he served
until he was elected to the Rensselaer County Family Court in 1985.
He was elected to the Supreme Court in 1991 and, in January 1994, he was
appointed Administrative Judge for the Third Judicial District. Justice
Spain is a graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy, Boston College and Albany