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Diane Y. Wray
Candidate for the
City Court, City of Buffalo

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • The NYS Constitution (Art.VI, §20) requires that an applicant for city court judge be admitted to practice law in the State for at least five years. I was admitted to practice 27 years ago in NY and have continuously practiced law except for the time necessary to obtain a MSW in social work, concentrating in the study of community problems. I also worked in the field of social work for a short time. I also have experience and training as a mediator, and was an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College for several years, teaching about issues of poverty. At different times in my career I have practiced in all the local courts. Notably absent is a single client complaint against me. I believe that just as the courts need diversity in race and gender, diversity in education and training is just as important. Judges have to be prepared to do more with less. The introduction of specialized courts points to the need for judges to be able to engage in creative problem-solving as well as handling traditional judicial roles. My background, education and training would be a great asset to the court system at the level of City Court.
IJEQC rating
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  • Not Qualified
Party Membership
  • Democrat
Party Line
  • Democrat
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  • SUNY at Buffalo School of Social Work, MSW, 1996
  • SUNY at Buffalo School of Law, JD, 1983
  • SUNY at Buffalo, BA, 1980
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1984
  • Attorney
Professional Experience
  • 2004-present Hughes and Wray, L.L.P., Partner My practice focuses on residential and commercial real estate including closings, mortgage transactions, contract disputes and title examinations, housing violations, landlord tenant issues.
  • 2002-2003 Ward, Brenon and DiVita, LLP Supreme and family court practice in the areas of divorce and family law Supervised the real estate department, handling residential commercial and bank mortgage closings
  • 1996-2008 Dispute Settlement Center/ NYS Unified Court System Volunteer mediator/arbitrator in family and community disputes Family Court Mediation Panel (1998-2005) Attorney Fee Dispute Arbitration Program (2000-2008)
  • 1998- 2005 Buffalo State College Adjunct professor in the Department of Social Work teaching a course entitled Dynamics of Poverty

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