Czajka for Family Court

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Early Voting: June 15-23, 2024
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Experience

Experience

Principal Law Clerk to Justice

June 2008 – Present

Honorable L. Michael Mackey, Appellate Division Justice
Honorable Michael H. Melkonian, Court of Claims/Acting Supreme Court Justice
Honorable Mary O. Donohue, Court of Claims/Acting Supreme Court Justice

  • Draft decisions and orders. Conference and mediate cases with counsel and litigants. Manage full trial caseload among multiple counties.
  • Prepare jury instructions and recommend trial rulings. Prepare memoranda before oral arguments, including reviewing cases, conducting required legal research, summarizing facts and arguments. Process emergent motion applications.
  • Provide confidential advice to Judge on complex legal issues. Draft bench memos and dissents as necessary. Track current developments in the law, including Court of Appeals opinions, legal periodicals and other relevant information.
Senior Attorney

Office of the New York State Comptroller, New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System, Albany, New York

February 2005 – June 2008

Assistant Corporation Counsel

Office of the Corporation Counsel, City of Albany, Albany, New York

August 2001 – February 2005 

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
    Juris Doctor, May 2001
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
    B.A., Sociology with a Minor in Political Science, May 1998
    Alpha Kappa Delta, National Honor Society in Sociology 

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Albany County Bar Association
  • Member, Capital District Women’s Bar Association

Community Leadership/Volunteer Experience

  • State of New York, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department Committee on Character & Fitness
  • Albany County Democratic Law Committee
  • Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (“HATAS”)
  • Bethlehem Boys Basketball Club
  • Bethlehem Girls Basketball Club