Genesee Community College Welcomes Court of Appeals Judge Eugene Pigott

Genesee Community College’s Criminal Justice Club is pleased to welcome New York State Court of Appeals Associate Judge, Eugene Pigott, Jr. to the Batavia Campus on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Judge Pigott will present an overview of the Criminal Justice Court process and lead a discussion regarding issues facing today’s courtrooms. The presentation will take place from 1:00pm-2:00pm in the Conable Technology Building, room T102. This event is free and open to the public.

Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., was born in Rochester, New York in September 1946. He graduated from LeMoyne College in 1968. Judge Pigott served on active duty in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. While in the service, he was stationed in the Republic of Vietnam, serving as a Vietnamese interpreter. He graduated from SUNY at Buffalo School of Law in 1973 and was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1974.

Judge Pigott practiced law in Buffalo, New York, with the firm of Offermann, Fallon, Mahoney & Adner from 1974 to 1982. In 1982 he was appointed Erie County Attorney and served in that position until 1986. In 1986 he became chief trial counsel for the firm of Offermann, Cassano, Pigott & Greco. On February 4, 1997, he was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court by Governor George E. Pataki and thereafter was elected to a full 14-year term. In 1998 he was designated to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department and was appointed Presiding Justice on February 16, 2000. On August 18, 2006, he was nominated by Governor Pataki to the Court of Appeals. His nomination was confirmed by the New York State Senate on September 15, 2006. He and his wife Peggy have two children and live on Grand Island, New York.

“It is quite an honor to have Judge Pigott visit the College community,” Karen Wicka, instructor of Criminal Justice at Genesee said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our Criminal Justice students to learn about the current court system and discover the possibilities of careers within the legal system.”

For further information please contact Karen Wicka, Instructor of Criminal Justice at 585-343-0055 x6217.

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