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Local attorney confirmed to the federal bench
Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester lawyer Elizabeth Wolford will become the first woman to serve as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.
Wolford was confirmed by the full Senate Thursday with a vote of 70-29.
She will take the seat left vacant when District Court Judge Charles Siragusa took senior status last December.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer originally recommended Wolford to the President for nomination.
In a statement, Schumer said, 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 experience and first-rate legal mind to the bench; she is simply one of the finest judicial candidates I have ever met and I am glad to see her ascend to the bench of the Western District.
Wolford lives 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.