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).