Judicial Placements

Judicial Placements

Adjunct Clinical Professors: Hon. Lawrence Kahn, U.S. District Court; Hon. William Carter, Albany City Court

Students participating in a judicial placement will work in a city, county, state or federal court under the supervision of a judge or magistrate and their law clerks. Students may observe judicial proceedings, participate in chamber discussions, review files, conduct research and write proposed decisions or bench memoranda. In addition, students will participate in a one-hour weekly classroom session on judicial administration and judicial decision making. There will be discussion regarding judicial power and the role of the judge as negotiator, intervener and administrator. The role of the public, and conduct of attorneys in the courtroom, will also be explored. Student activity and experiences across a range of judicial placements will be integrated into substantive discussion where appropriate. Students are required to participate in either of the weekly classroom sessions of the Judicial Placement class.

*Students applying for placement with Judges of the Northern District Courts, including Hon. David Homer, Hon. Lawrence Kahn, Hon. Robert Littlefield, Hon. Thomas McAvoy, and Hon. Randolph Treece, must successfully complete a background check as a condition of the internship. In addition, the internship is subject to the approval of the Appointing Judicial Officer. All background checks will be strictly confidential, but students should be aware that they can be lengthy and will delve into such matters as criminal justice involvement and credit history.

Local Courts 

(Students not only assist in researching and drafting opinions for the judges, but they also are given opportunities to observe proceedings. Judges directly supervise and interact with law interns on a regular basis, and with the volume of cases there is an endless variety of issues.)


Albany City Court

Additional Information

Hon. William Carter '91, Albany

Hon. Thomas Keefe '82, Albany

Hon. Rachael Kretser, Albany

Town and Village Courts (Assist Counsel from Third Judicial District Administrative Office assigned to Town & Village Courts) - Additional Information

County Courts (Criminal Trial Courts) (Some County Court Judges also sit in Family and Surrogate Court as noted)

Columbia County Family/Surrogate Court:

Hon. Jonathan D. Nichols, Hudson

Fulton County/Surrogate Court:

Hon. Richard C. Giardino '84, Johnstown 

Ulster County Court:

Hon. Mary Work, Kingston (sitting in Supreme Court)


Family Courts

Albany County Family Court:

Hon. Margaret P. Walsh, Albany

Schenectady County Family Court:

Hon. Mark Powers '09, Schenectady

State Courts

NYS Unified Court System - Office of Court Administration

NYS Supreme (Civil Trial Courts)


Third Judicial District


Hon. George B. Ceresia '68, Troy  - Additional Information

Hon. Gerald W. Connelly, Albany - Additional Information
Special Requirements: Open to third year students. Interested students should submit a copy of their resume and a writing sample by fax to 518-487-5378 to the attention of Tara Kersey (the supervising attorney).


Hon. Eugene P. Devine '75, Albany  - Additional Information
Special Requirements: Prefer students to commit to placement for full academic year.


Hon. Michael Lynch '79, Albany


Hon. Patrick McGrath '78, Troy


Hon. Kimberly O'Connor '94, Albany

Fourth Judicial District 


Hon. Richard C. Giardino '84, Schenectady (Acting Supreme and County Court; primarily criminal matters but 1/3 of case load is civil; time is split 50% in Fulton and 50% in Schenectady) 


Hon. Barry D. Kramer '68, Schenectady


Hon. Mark Powers '09, Schenectady


Hon. Vincent Reilly '67, Schenectady


Hon. Joseph M. Sise '88, Fonda - Additional Information


Appellate Division, Third Department (Appeals Court)


Hon. William McCarthy '88, Albany 


Hon. Karen K. Peters, Kingston


Hon. Leslie E. Stein '81, Albany Spring Registration only.
(Judge Stein gives preference to applicants in their third-year or second-year, second semester who have strong academic backgrounds and research and writing skills.)

NYS Court of Claims

Hon. Judith A. Hard, Albany (sitting in Supreme Court)


Hon. David A. Weinstein, Albany - Additional Information
(All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.  A writing sample will be requested of those selected to be interviewed.)

 Hon. Henry Zwack '78, Troy (sitting in Supreme Court) 

The Albany Law School Clinic and Justice Center is funded, in part, through public grants and private donors. For more information please contact the clinic at 518-445-2328, or give online.