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Rochester lawyer one step closer to Federal Bench
Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester lawyer Elizabeth Wolford is one step closer to possibly becoming the first woman to serve as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday that Wolford was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee to serve as a judge in the Western District federal court.
Her nomination to the federal bench now moves to the full Senate.
Ms. Wolford is a history-making pick, as she would be the first woman to serve on the federal bench in this district, and she would take the seat left vacant when District Court Judge Charles Siragusa took senior status in December.
In opening remarks before the Committee during her introduction, Schumer said that Wolford is highly capable and very qualified for the position.
“I am thrilled, as a member of the Judiciary Committee, to recommend Elizabeth Wolford to the Senate for her final confirmation,” said Schumer. “For a long time, one of my goals has been to bring a woman to the federal bench in Western New York. Liz will not only do that, but she will also bring her considerable legal experience and first-rate legal mind to the bench; she is simply one of the finest judicial candidates I have ever met.”
Schumer continued, “Today’s unanimous vote demonstrates that members of both parties recognize that Ms. Wolford’s qualifications are exemplary and her experience will serve well the people of the Western District Court.
I expect the full Senate will swiftly confirm her nomination.”
Wolford, who was born in Buffalo, now resides in Honeoye Falls. She grew up in the Rochester area, and graduated from the Fairport School District. Wolford graduated from Colgate University in 1989 and received her law degree from Notre Dame Law School in 1992.
Wolford is a Partner at the Wolford Law Firm LLP, in Rochester, where she represents clients in both federal and state courts in a variety of complex business, commercial, and employment litigation.