Judge Biographies

Below is a list of the Judges of the Northern District of New York. Please use the links below to view thier Biographical Information.

 

 

 Hon. Gary L. Sharpe
 Chief U.S. District Judge

 Gary L. Sharpe is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York. At the time of his appointment in 1997, he was serving in the United States Attorney’s Office for that district.

 Judge Sharpe earned his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Buffalo University in 1971, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School in 1974.

 He is a Vietnam veteran, having served in both the U.S. Army and Navy.

 Judge Sharpe was an Assistant Broome County District Attorney in Binghamton from 1974 until 1981, and a Special Assistant New York Attorney General in Syracuse from 1981 until 1982. He became a Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York in 1982, rising to United States Attorney for that district in 1992, remaining such until 1994, and continuing in that Office as Senior Litigation Counsel until his judicial appointment in 1997.

 He was an adjunct professor at Binghamton University from 1978 until 1982.

 

 

 Hon. David N. Hurd
 U.S. District Judge

 David N. Hurd is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York. At the time of his appointment in 1999, he was a United States Magistrate Judge in that District.

 Judge Hurd earned his B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1959 and his J.D. degree cum laude from Syracuse University in 1963.

 From 1963 until 1966 he was an associate with the firms of Coughlin, Dermody, Ingalls & Guy; Abelove & Myers; and Ferris, Kehoe, Tenney & Murnane. He served as a part-time Oneida County Assistant District Attorney from 1966 until 1967, when he joined the law firm of O’Shea, Griffin, Jones & McLaughlin as an associate, becoming a partner in the firm of O’Shea, Griffin, McDonald, Hurd & Stevens in Rome, N.Y. in 1970 and remaining as such until becoming a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York in 1991.

 Judge Hurd was a member of the College Council of the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome from 1977 until 1994, serving as its Chair from 1979 until 1994.

 He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the Rome Bar Association, Oneida County Bar Association, Albany County Bar Association, and New York State Bar Association.

 

 

 Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby
 U.S. District Judge

 Glenn T. Suddaby is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York. At the time of his appointment in September 2008, he was U.S. Attorney for the Northern District.

 Judge Suddaby earned his B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1980 and his J.D. degree in 1985 from Syracuse University College of Law.

 Judge Suddaby served as Assistant District Attorney for Onondaga County from 1985 – 1989. He then became a private legal practitioner with the Menter Law Firm in Syracuse from 1989 to 1992. He was appointed Chief of Homicide for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office in 1992 and subsequently served as First Chief Assistant District Attorney until October, 2002 when he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York.

 During his time as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District, he served as Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Border Protection & Immigration and was the Justice Department Representative to the Integrated Border Law Enforcement effort with Canada.

 

 

 Hon. Mae A. D'Agostino
 U.S. District Judge

 Mae Avila D’Agostino is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York. At the time of her appointment in 2011, she was a trial attorney with the law firm of D’Agostino, Krackeler, Maguire & Cardona, PC. Judge D’Agostino is a 1977 magna cum laude graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, New York. At Siena College Judge D’Agostino was a member of the women’s basketball team. After graduating from College, she attended Syracuse University College of Law, receiving her Juris Doctor degree in May of 1980. At Syracuse University College of Law, she was awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers award for distinguished achievement in the art and science of advocacy.

 After graduating from Law School, Judge D’Agostino began her career as a trial attorney. She has tried numerous civil cases including medical malpractice, products liability, negligence, and civil assault.

 Judge D’Agostino is a past chair of the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association and is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

 Judge D’Agostino has participated in numerous Continuing Legal Education programs. She is an Adjunct Professor at Albany Law School where she teaches Medical Malpractice. She is a past member of the Siena College Board of Trustees, and Albany Law School Board of Trustees. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and Albany County Bar Association.

 

 

 Hon. Thomas J. McAvoy
 Senior U.S. District Judge

 Thomas J. McAvoy is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York. At the time of his appointment in 1986, he was a member of the Broome County Legislature. He served as Chief Judge from 1993 to 2000.

 Judge McAvoy earned his A.B. degree from Villanova University in 1960, and his J.D. degree in 1964 from Albany Law School, where he served on the law review editorial board.

 Judge McAvoy was a private legal practitioner in Binghamton, N.Y. from 1964 until 1985, including with his own law firm established in 1969. He also served as a member of the Broome County Legislature in Binghamton from 1971 to 1986.

 

 

 Hon. Frederick J. Scullin Jr.  Senior U.S. District Judge

 Senior Judge Scullin received his commission appointing him a United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York on February 10, 1992, and took the oath of office on March 13, 1992. On April 6, 2000, he became Chief Judge of the Northern District of New York. He became Senior Judge on March 13, 2006.

 Judge Scullin, a native Syracusean, attended and graduated from Niagara University in 1961 and Syracuse University, College of Law in 1964.

 In November of 1964, Judge Scullin entered active duty with the United States Army, received training as a paratrooper and ranger, and thereafter served as an infantry commander with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in the Republic of Vietnam. He received numerous awards and decorations, and after release from active duty, continued to serve in the United States Army Reserve retiring in 1991 with the rank of Colonel.

 Following military service, Judge Scullin entered the private practice of law with the firm of Germain and Germain, Syracuse, New York. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for Onondaga County. In 1971, he was appointed by the New York State Attorney General as one of the original prosecutors of the then newly-formed Statewide Organized Crime Task Force and in that capacity, served as the Assistant in Charge of the Albany Regional Office. In 1978, he was appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida as Chief Prosecutor of the Governor’s Council for the prosecution of organized crime. He returned to the private practice of law in 1980 and in 1982 was appointed the United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, a position he held until his appointment to the federal bench. In that capacity, Judge Scullin supervised numerous investigations and prosecutions in drug trafficking, organized crime, and -- most notably-- public corruption.

Senior Judge Scullin is a former member of the Second Circuit Judicial Council and was the Circuit representative on the Judicial Conference of the United States, which is the policy-making body for federal courts throughout the nation. In addition to his regular duties as a District Court Judge, Judge Scullin was a member of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, having been appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to a seven-year term which ended in May 2011. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court meets in Washington, DC and is in session throughout the year.

Senior Judge Scullin is a member of the Federal Court Bar Association (NDNY), Federal Bar Council, State of Florida Bar Association, the Onondaga County Bar Association (having served on the Board of Directors from 1988 to 1990), honorary member of the Board of Advisors, Syracuse University College of Law, the Law College Association of Syracuse University and is a past member and chairman of the City of Syracuse, County of Onondaga Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission, member of the Board of Directors, Elmcrest Children’s Center, Christ the King Retreat House, and the Franciscan Collaborative Ministries Advisory Council.

 

 

 Hon. Lawrence E. Kahn
 Senior U.S. District Judge

 Lawrence E. Kahn is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York. At the time of his appointment in 1996, he was a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

 Judge Kahn earned his A.B. degree from Union College in 1959; his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1962; and he pursued post-graduate legal studies at Oxford University from 1962 to 1963.

 Judge Kahn engaged in the private practice of law with the Albany firm of Kahn & Kahn from 1963 to 1974. During part of this period (1963 to 1968) he was also Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Albany. From 1974 until 1980 he served as a Judge on the Albany County Surrogate’s Court. In 1980 he became a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, a position which he retained until his Federal judicial appointment in 1996.

 Judge Kahn was a member of the New York National Guard from 1955 to 1965, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant E-6.

He is, and has been since 1974, an adjunct professor at Sage College; and he is, and has been since 1990, an adjunct professor at Albany Law School. Judge Kahn is the author of When Couples Part (1981, Franklin Watts, publisher), and he is co-author with his brother of The Divorce Lawyer’s Casebook (1972, St. Martin’s Press).

 

 

 Hon. Norman A Mordue
 Senior U.S. District Judge

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 Hon. David E. Peebles
 U.S. Magistrate Judge

 David E. Peebles is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York. At the time of his appointment in 2000, he was a partner in the law firm of Hancock & Estabrook, LLP.

 Judge Peebles earned a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1972 and a J.D. degree from Syracuse University in 1975, both with Honors.

 After serving as an Assistant Onondaga County District Attorney, he was law clerk to United States District Judge Howard G. Munson in the Northern District of New York. He joined the law firm of Hancock & Estabrook, LLP in 1978 and remained there until his judicial appointment, rising to serve as Chair of the firm’s Labor and Intellectual Property Departments and as a member of its Executive and Practice Management Committees.

 Judge Peebles is a Director of the Onondaga County Bar Association and has been a board member of several charitable and community organizations. Additionally, he has been a lecturer, and has authored articles, for several programs of the New York State and Onondaga County Bar Associations.

He is also an accomplished musician, having performed on trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

 

 

 Hon. Randolph F. Treece
 U.S. Magistrate Judge

 Randolph F. Treece is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York. At the time of his appointment in 2001, he was General Counsel for the Office of the Comptroller of the State of New York.

 Judge Treece earned his J.D. degree from Albany Law School in 1976.

 Prior to his service in the Comptroller’s Office, he had been First Deputy of the Capital Defender Office; an Assistant New York Attorney General; a partner in the law firm of Fritts, Whiting & Treece; and an Assistant Public Defender for Rensselaer County. He is an adjunct law professor at Albany Law School.

 Judge Treece has been honored with the Center for Law and Justice 2002 Frederick Douglass Award; the 1999 Albany County Bar Association President’s Award; the 1999 Albany Law School Distinguished Service Award; New York State Bar Association’s Root/Stinson Award; New York Civil Liberties Roland Smith Award; NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award; and the 2000 Man of the Year Award from the Capital District Chapter of the Links.

He serves on the Boards of Trustees of Albany Law School and Siena College, and on the Boards of Directors of the New York Bar Foundation, serving as Treasurer, and Albany County Bar Association. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He is Co-Founder and President of the Capital District Black Bar Association. He is also an Honorary Board Member of the Capital District Women’s Law Project and the Committee for Modern Courts.

 

 

 Hon. Andrew T. Baxter
 U.S. Magistrate Judge

 Andrew T. Baxter is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York in Syracuse. At the time of his appointment in January 2010, he was the Interim United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York. Judge Baxter earned an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University in 1978 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981.

 Andrew T. Baxter served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse from 1988, at various times holding the positions of Senior Litigation Counsel, Chief of the Criminal Division, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney. Judge Baxter was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of New Jersey from 1984 through 1988, after engaging in the private practice of law in Philadelphia for three years.

 

 

 Hon. Therese Wiley Dancks
 U.S. Magistrate Judge

 Thérèse Wiley Dancks is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York. At the time of her appointment in February of 2012, she was a founding partner in the law firm of Gale & Dancks, LLC, where her practice centered on civil litigation and trial work. She was associated with the law firm of Mackenzie Hughes, LLP from 1991 to 1997. Judge Dancks graduated magna cum laude from LeMoyne College in 1985 and earned her J.D. degree cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1991 .

 Judge Dancks is a past president of the Central New York Women's Bar Association and established the organization's award winning Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Clinic during her term. She is a past director of the Onondaga County Bar Association and has been a board member of several charitable and community organizations. She served as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society and the Secretary of the Board of Directors of St. Elizabeth College of Nursing. She has co-authored articles for the Syracuse Law Review and she frequently lectures for educational institutions, professional organizations and bar associations .

 

 

 Hon. Christian F. Hummel
 U.S. Magistrate Judge

 Christian F. Hummel is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York. At the time of his appointment in September, 2012, he was the Rensselaer County Surrogate. Judge Hummel served as the Rensselaer County Surrogate from 2002 until September, 2012. Judge Hummel was a Rensselaer County Family Court Judge from 1993 until 2002. Judge Hummel was a Town Justice in the town of East Greenbush from 1986 until 1993 .

 Prior to his election as Rensselaer County Family Court Judge, he was a partner in the Albany, New York law firm of Carter & Conboy where his practice centered on civil litigation and trial work .

 Judge Hummel earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and his J.D. from Albany Law School

 

 

 Hon. Gary L. Favro
 U.S. Magistrate Judge

Gary L. Favro is a United States Magistrate Judge (part-time) for the Northern District of New York.  At the time of his appointment in 2014, he was and remains a practicing attorney in the Law Firm:  Law Offices of Gary L. Favro PLLC in Plattsburgh, New York.

Judge Favro earned a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1973 and his J.D. in 1976 from Albany Law School.

Judge Favro served as City Court Judge for the City of Plattsburgh from 1997 to 2002 and as Acting City Court Judge for the City of Plattsburgh from 1991 to 1997.

He has been in private practice from 1977 to the present time, now concentrating in real estate, business law and corporate law.

Judge Favro previously served as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, New York from 1979 to 1986 and as Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Clinton Community College in 2008 and 2009.