Hon. James P. King �59 Remembered for Service, Commitment to School
Hon. James P. King ‘59, a beloved Albany Law graduate and adjunct professor, died Friday, June 11, at the Community Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.
He was recently the first recipient of the James P. King Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service, named in his honor, in a ceremony held at Albany Law School on March 28.
Judge King's extensive and distinguished career in public service at the national and state level spanned the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Over his career, he served as assistant attorney general; led a Tort Unit-Claims Bureau, where he defended many cases in the State Court of Claims and the federal courts; was elected, and subsequently twice re-elected, a member of the New York State Assembly; and was appointed both to the New York Court of Claims and as general counsel for the New York State Department of State.
During the 1960s and 1970s, he undertook several military legal duties in the U.S. Marine Corps, including serving as trial and defense counsel (2nd Military Division) and chief trial counsel (3rd Marine Division) in Okinawa, as well as division civil affairs officer in Vietnam.
Judge King became an adjunct professor at Albany Law School in 1984, teaching Trial Tactics and Advocacy until 2009. Upon retirement, he became a judicial hearing officer and was appointed as a hearing officer for the New York State Retirement System. Judge King was also appointed as the first government lawyer in residence at the Government Law Center of Albany Law School and as the distinguished jurist in residence at Siena College.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Campbell King. He is survived by his wife, Anne Brewster King; his sons, James Preston King Jr., David Knox King, Glenn Campbell King ‘98; his nine grandchildren; his two sisters, Carolyn Charlton and Ruth Malaney; his several nieces and nephews; and his two step-daughters, Julianne Chesky and Martha Kearns.
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