Lawyer with Lake Placid ties picked to be federal judge

LAKE PLACID – President Barack Obama has nominated a woman with local connections for a federal judgeship.

Elizabeth Wolford, a partner at Wolford Law Firm LLP in Rochester, was picked last week to become the judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. Two others, Debra Brown and Pamela Reeves, were also nominated for judge posts in Mississippi and Tennessee, respectively.

Wolford’s family owns a summer camp on Lake Placid, and her father, Mike, is secretary of the Lake Placid Shore Owners Association board. She is also related to the local Damp family, which includes former North Elba town Councilman Chuck Damp and Century 21 real estate broker Mike Damp. Their mother, Anne Wolford Damp, is Mike Wolford’s sister.

Elizabeth Wolford didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

“These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system,” Obama said in a press release. “I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity.”

Wolford specializes in commercial, employment and personal injury litigation, according to her firm’s website. She graduated from Colgate University in 1989 and from University of Notre Dame Law School in 1992. She has also served as president of the Monroe County Bar and the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys.

The nomination, which was recommended to Obama by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, has been sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A confirmation hearing is expected to be held in June.

If confirmed, Wolford would replace the retiring Charles Siragusa. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported last week that Wolford would be the first woman to serve as a federal judge in the Western District.

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