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JUDGES OF THE TRIAL COURTS


Hon. Sharon S. Townsend

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Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District
25 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 845-2502

Judicial Offices

Vice Dean, New York State Judicial Institute, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, 2009 to Present

Administrative Judge, 8th Judicial District, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 2003 to 2009

Supreme Court Justice, Erie County, Elected, 2004 to 2017

Supervising Judge, Family Court, 8th Judicial District, District-Wide, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 1996 to 2002

Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Erie County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 1996 to 2002

Judge, Family Court, Erie County, Elected, 1992 to 2002

Justice, Williamsville Village Court, Elected, 1985 to 1991

Other Professional Experience

Hodgson, Russ, Andrews, Woods & Goodyear, Associate Attorney, 1989 to 1991

Medaille College, Adjunct Professor, 1998 to Present

Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn, Associate Attorney, 1981 to 1987

Erie County Department of Social Services Office of Counsel, Child Support Enforcement, 1980 to 1981

Erie County Family Court, Court Clerk, 1979 to 1980

Admission to the Bar

NYS, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, 1980

Education

J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1979

B.A., University of Rochester, 1976

Professional & Civic Activities

NYS Office of Court Administration Matrimonial Practice Advisory Committee, Chair/Co-Chair, 2009 to Present

NYS Office of Court Aministration Family Court Advisory & Rules Committee, Chair, 1999 to 2003, Member, 1993 to Present

NYS Office of Court Administration Family Court Leadership Team, 2010 to Present

Child Welfare Court Improvement Project, Lead Judge, 2003 to 2013

Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, Member, 1995 to 2013

New York Federal - State - Tribal Courts Forum, Member, 2010 to Present

New York State Juvenile Justice Strategic Plan Action Committee, Co-Chair, 2011 to Present

National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges, Board of Trustees, 2002 to 2010; Model Court Lead Judge, 2002 to 2013, Member, 1998 to Present

Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter, M. Dolores Denman Lady Justice Award 2003, Member, 1986 to Present

Women Lawyers of Western New York, President, 1983 to 1984, Lawyer of the Year 1985, Member, 1981 to Present

New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2009 to Present, Children and the Law Committee 2010 to Present, Member, 1994 to Present

Bar Association of Erie County, Outstanding Jurist of the Year, 2001, Member, 1989 to Present

NYS Advisory Council to the Office of Prevention for Domestic Violence, Member, 2008 to Present

The American Jewish Committee, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter, Board of Directors, 2001 to 2007