Frances E. Cafarell was appointed Clerk of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department in December 2011. Prior to her appointment as Clerk, Ms. Cafarell served as Deputy Clerk of the Court. She also served the Court as acting Consultation Clerk and Supervisor of the Decision Department, Administrator of the Assigned Counsel Program, Family Court Motion Clerk, and Confidential Law Assistant. She was previously engaged in the private practice of law at Harris Beach, in the firm's Rochester office, where her practice was concentrated in the areas of commercial and environmental litigation and appellate practice. Ms. Cafarell is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and Monroe County Bar Association. In 2011, she received the Volunteer Legal Services Project's William E. McKnight Award in recognition of her commitment to Pro Bono Service. Ms. Cafarell is an honors graduate of Albany Law School, where she was a member of the Albany Law Review and the National Moot Court Competition team. She also holds a Master's degree in Administration of Justice from American University and a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. Before attending law school, she worked as a television news anchor and legal reporter.