Governor Cuomo Appoints Three Albany Law Graduates to Appellate Division Third Department

4/15/2014 | Facebook | Twitter | Email

Governor Andrew Cuomo '82 recently announced the appointments of three Albany Law graduates to fill vacancies in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the Third Judicial Department.


Honorable Christine M. Clark '96

Justice Clark was elected to the Supreme Court, Schenectady County, in 2012. Her judicial career began in 2005 when she was appointed by Mayor Brian Stratton as a Schenectady City Court Judge, a position she held for six years prior to becoming a Schenectady County Family Court Judge in 2011. Justice Clark began her legal career in 1995 with the law firm of Dreyer Boyajian LLP, first as a law clerk and then becoming an associate upon receiving her juris doctorate. In 1998, she joined the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney. From 2001-2004, Justice Clark was the sex crimes and child abuse prosecutor before becoming bureau chief of the Special Victims Unit during her last year with the DA’s office. She received a B.A. in History and Political Science from Columbia University in 1993 and a J.D. cum laude from Albany Law School in 1996. 

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Honorable Eugene P. Devine '75

Justice Devine was elected to the Supreme Court, Albany County, in 2006. Prior to his election to the bench he was the chief public defender for Albany County since 1996 and was also of counsel in the Albany law firm of Girvin & Ferlazzo from 2000-2006. Justice Devine’s legal career began in 1975 as an assistant public defender for Albany County and with the law firm of Cooper, Erving & Savage LLP. In 1985, he became chief counsel for the Albany County Department of Social Services and managing partner of Devine, Piedmont & Rutnik, before starting his own law practice in 1990. From 1995 to 2000, he worked as counsel for the law firm of Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, P.C. Justice Devine received a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Villanova University in 1971 and his J.D. from Albany Law School in 1975.

Honorable Michael C. Lynch '79

Justice Lynch was elected to the Supreme Court, Albany County, in 2005. His legal career began in 1980 with the Albany County District Attorney’s office and has also included serving as counsel for the Albany County IDA and the historic City of Albany Charter Revision of 1998. From 1981 to 1989, Justice Lynch served as the principal law clerk to the Hon. Leonard A. Weiss, Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department. Prior to his judicial election, he was a partner in the firm of Lynch & Lynch for 16 years, as well as serving as Albany County Attorney from 1995 to 2005. Justice Lynch received a B.A. cum laude in English from Union College in 1976 and a J.D. from Albany Law School in 1979.


The Third Department covers the mid-Hudson valley to the Canadian Border, reaching west toward Schuyler and Chemung Counties.