1ST Female IN Lots of ROLES
ONEONTA – After 18 many years as Oneonta Town Court docket decide, Lucy P. Bernier, who broke the glass ceiling in several of the county’s lawful roles, will retire from the bench when her expression expires at the conclusion of this year. She was the first lady to provide as city decide below.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the group as choose, and I am grateful for the have confidence in the individuals of Oneonta positioned in me. I have worked hard to make sure each man or woman who came prior to me was accorded their legal and constitutional rights, that they had been treated respectfully and fairly, and that honest and just conclusions have been rendered,” she said in a assertion.
She was originally appointed to the bench in 2004 for a six-12 months term by Oneonta City Mayor Kim Muller, and was elect in 2009 and 2016 to 6-12 months phrases.
She started her legal occupation in New York City in 1980. Considering that 1981, she has been in non-public observe in the Pantaleoni & Bernier organization, believed to be the very first mom-daughter law company in New York State, concentrating in the areas of family members law, actual estate, adoptions, and wills and estates.
From 1982 by 2015 she worked as a regulation guardian and lawyer for the child, symbolizing kids in divorce circumstances, child and abuse and neglect issues, and custody proceedings.
From 1992-97 she served as assistant district attorney for District Attorney Michael V. Coccoma. Her responsibilities involved coordinating the county Child Sexual Abuse Undertaking Force.
From 1998-2003, she was city prosecutor, the 1st girl appointed to that placement.
Choose Bernier received her law degree from Albany Law Faculty the place she served as Notes and Comments Editor and creator on the Albany Regulation Critique. She gained her B.A. in English from SUNY Oneonta. She has been energetic with many local community businesses.
She and husband, Joe, the retired city neighborhood advancement director, have two developed daughters.