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Denise M. Watson
Candidate for the
Dutchess Family Court

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • Having worked in Family Court for over twelve years, I am passionate about the work done there to protect families and children within our community. Over the years, I have served on a variety of committees dedicated to children and families in crisis. Chosen to be part of the treatment court teams presided over by Judge Forman in both the Family Treatment Court and Youth Treatment Court, I have had the opportunity to receive extensive federal training in the area of substance abuse. This combination of community involvement and training has provided me with unique insight into resources available to improve the quality of life for these families and the opportunity for them to succeed within our community to become contributing members. I have been found “Well Qualified” by the Dutchess County Bar Association and “Qualified” by the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission. I am married thirty years to Patrick Watson and have four wonderful children. I have been active at Holy Trinity Parish in Poughkeepsie, have served on my alumni association at Our Lady of Lourdes High School and am currently on the Board of Directors at Catharine Street Community Center.
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  • Qualified
Party Membership
  • Republican
Party Line
  • Conservative
  • Independence
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  • St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, Juris Doctorate, 1982
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts, 1979
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1989
  • Missouri  1982
  • Principal Court Attorney to the Hon. Peter M. Forman, Dutchess County County Court Judge
Professional Experience
  • 1999 - present, Principal Court Attorney, Hon. Peter M. Forman, Dutchess County Family Court
  • 1990-1999 -Sole practitioner - general practice of law with concentration in residential real estate and probate practice
  • 1989-1990 - Associate - McCabe & Mack, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • 1984-1989 - Senior Staff Attorney, Probate Division, 21st Judicial Circuit, St. Louis County, Missouri

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