Sandra L. Townes

Sandra Lynn Townes (September 29, 1944[1] – February 8, 2018) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Sandra Lynn Townes
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
In office
May 1, 2015 – February 8, 2018
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
In office
August 2, 2004 – May 1, 2015
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded bySterling Johnson Jr.
Succeeded byAnn Donnelly
Personal details
Born(1944-09-29)September 29, 1944
Spartanburg, South Carolina
DiedFebruary 8, 2018(2018-02-08) (aged 73)
Manhattan, New York
EducationJohnson C. Smith University (BA)
Syracuse University College of Law (JD)

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Honorable Sandra L. Townes graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966 and later from Syracuse University College of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1976.

Legal careerEdit

Following law school graduation, Townes worked with the Onondaga County, New York, District Attorney's Office as Assistant District Attorney (1977–83).

She was promoted to Senior Assistant District Attorney (1983–86) and became Chief ADA (1986–87). Townes was elected to a City Court Judge seat for the City Court of Syracuse, New York (1988–99). In 1999, Townes was elected as Justice of the Fifth Judicial District New York Supreme Court (2000–04).

She was selected by the New York State Governor, George Pataki, to the judicial post of Appellate Division Associate justice handling appeals for the 2nd Judicial Department of the New York State Supreme Court (2001–04). During this time, Townes was an Adjunct professor at Syracuse University College of Law (1987–95) and at Onondaga Community College (1992 to 2001).

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Townes was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York by President George W. Bush on August 1, 2003 to a seat vacated when the Honorable Sterling Johnson, Jr. took senior status. Townes was confirmed by the Senate on June 3, 2004 on a Senate vote and received her commission on August 2, 2004. She assumed senior status on May 1, 2015, serving in that status until her death of lung cancer at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, New York on February 8, 2018.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sandra Lynn Townes 1944 - Google Search". www.google.com.
  2. ^ "Federal Judge Sandra Townes, a Syracuse trailblazer, dies at 73".

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Legal offices
Preceded by Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
2004–2015
Succeeded by