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2011 Voter Guide

Keith B. Caughlin
Candidate for the
City Court, City of Watertown

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • I am a candidate for Watertown City Court Judge. As a former Army Lawyer assigned to Fort Drum from 1985-1989, my wife and I chose to settle in the City and stay in the area. In 1990, I began my civil trial practice at Hiscock & Barclay and for the last 16 years at Schwerzmann & Wise, P.C. My 26 years of experience representing clients before courts at every level -with a Judge, with a Jury, and in settlement negotiations have been a wonderful preparation for taking the bench. I know what is needed to prepare a case, I know the law, and can bring that practical experience to City Court. I have served this Community since 1990, as a leader on boards and as a volunteer helping people, raising money or advocating for issues. Serving as the City Court Judge is the next step for me. With that broad knowledge of the City I can be a fair, impartial and effective Judge. As a local businessman, serving as managing partner for a law firm with 20 employees, I have to use frugal common sense to efficiently represent our clients and be successful. In the austere times our courts face, doing more with less will be expected. I ask for your vote on November 8th.
IJEQC rating
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  • Highly Qualified (Available in 4th Department Only)
Party Membership
  • Democrat
Party Line
  • Democrat
Campaign Web Site  
  • University of Notre Dame, BA, 1982
  • Univesity of Notre Dame Law School, JD, 1985
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1990
  • Indiana 1985
  • Managing Partner, Schwerzmann & Wise, PC
Professional Experience
  • Schwerzmann & Wise. P.C. 215 Washington Street Watertown, New York 13601 January 2006 - present - Managing Shareholder January 1999 to present - Shareholder June 1995- January 1999 Senior Associate
  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP One Park Place 300 South State Street Syracuse, New York 13221 December 1994- June 1995 - Partner (Watertown Office) July 1990 - December 1994 - Senior Litigation Associate
  • United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps Washington, D.C. 20310-2206 May 1989 - July 1990 - SJA Office, 2d Infantry Division, U.S. Army, Republic of Korea May 1988 - May 1989 - Senior Defense Counsel, Trial Defense Service Fort Drum, New York July 1985 - May 1988 - SJA Office, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum, Fort Drum, New York.

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