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Hon. Jhilmil "Jill" Ghaleb
Candidate for the
Otsego County Court

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • I am running for Otsego County Court Judge for the same reason that I sought and obtained the judicial appointment: to make a positive difference in the lives of those who turn to the court for enforcement of the law and resolution of problems. I was rated "highly qualified" for the appointment by the NYS Judicial Screening Committee, and have been on the bench since May. As Otsego County Court Judge, I preside over three courts: Family Court, Surrogate's Court, and County Court with its criminal and civil divisions. The types of cases that I handle as a judge are a continuation of the types of cases I handled as an attorney for seventeen years. I represented family law clients on all sides of the courtroom, including over 700 children as their law guardian. I have extensive experience and training in Treatment Court. I did estate work both at a firm and in my solo practice. Additionally, I defended numerous persons on misdemeanor and felony charges. Thus, transitioning from attorney to county judge felt natural to me. The bulk of the caseload that I handle as a judge, 70-80%, is in Family Court. This is a great match for me as family law has always been my passion.
Party Membership
  • Unaffiliated (independent)
Party Line
  • Democrat
  • Working Families
Campaign Web Site  
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1990
  • Utica College of Syracuse University, B.S., 1986
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1991
  • Otsego County Court Judge
Professional Experience
  • Otsego County Court Judge, May 2008 - present.
  • Solo practitioner, 14 years.
  • Assistant Otsego County Attorney, 12 years.
  • Associate, Kalil & Kalil, P.C., 3 years.

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