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Judge James A. W. McLeod
Candidate for the
Erie County Court

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • Buffalo City Court Judge James A. W. McLeod, the great nephew of educator Mary McLeod Bethune, began his legal career by becoming thesecond African American attorney in Buffalo history to be hired as an associate in a major law firm. Having worked as a defense attorney involved in major cases, he was selected by Supreme Court Justice Samuel L. Green to become the first African American, outside of New York City, to serve as a Confidential Law Clerk. Judge McLeod's career continued with his becoming the first and only African American attorney to head the Buffalo/Erie County Legal Aid's Bureau's Public Defender Office; as well as the first and only African American to serve as Erie County's Second Assistant County Attorney. His past or present legal affiliations include the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, New York State Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association where he was the first and only African American to serve as the Association Treasurer. Judge McLeod has been honored with the 2001 Buffalo Branch N.A.A.C.P. Medgar Evers Award.
Party Membership
  • Democrat
Party Line
  • Working Families
Campaign Web Site
  • Herkimer County Community College, A.A., 1969
  • State University College at Fredonia, B.A., 1971
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., 1974
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1975
  • Judge of the City of Buffalo
Professional Experience
  • Buffalo City Court Judge from 1999 to Present
  • Erie County Family Court Hearing Examiner, 1997-1998
  • Second Assistant Erie County Attorney, 1990-1997
  • Private Practice , Confidential Law Clerk, Buffalo Legal Aid Bureau, 1974-1990

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