Hon. Paula Feroleto
Hon. Paula L. Feroleto was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 2004. In September of 2009, she was appointed as Administrative Judge of the Eighth Judicial District.
The Eighth Judicial District is comprised of the Western New York counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. In addition to the Supreme, County, Family and Surrogate Court in all eight counties there are eleven City Courts and 197 Town and Village Courts.
Justice Feroleto has continued the tradition of the Eighth Judicial District in implementing innovative programs which assist the public’s access to the courts including the extensive array of problem solving courts. These include Integrated Domestic Violence Courts in seven of the eight counties, Mental Health Courts and Felony DWI Courts. The Veteran’s Court in Buffalo has become a nationally recognized model and the District has three additional Veteran’s Treatment Courts. Justice Feroleto has been a long standing member of the Eighth Judicial District’s Pro Bono Committee. Despite decreases in funding the Committee has continued in its efforts to expand access to Volunteer Legal Services throughout the eight counties of Western New York. The District continues to be involved in internship and mentoring opportunities for young people. An Adolescent Diversion Part operates in Buffalo City Court for 16 and 17 year olds. GED programs are now being operated on site at Buffalo, Lackawanna and Niagara Falls City Courts. Most recently, the District, in conjunction with a local non profit legal service provider and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, established a Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) assisting pro se litigants in consumer credit actions brought in Buffalo City Court.
A graduate of Georgetown University, the Judge earned her J.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1991 she became the first female partner in the Buffalo law firm of Brown & Kelly, LLP, where she acted as coordinator for the firm’s involvement in Erie County’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, winning an award from VLP in 1999 for the firm’s substantial contributions to the program.
Justice Feroleto has won many honors and awards. The City of Buffalo recognized her with an award during Women’s History Month in 2016. In 2013 she received the Trustees’ Award from Erie Community College, and was honored as the Woman of the Year by The Boys and Girls Town of Italy. She has been included as one of the 200 Most Influential People in Western New York by Business First of Buffalo every year since 2013. She was the recipient of the 2011 Legal Service Award from the Minority Bar Association; Women in the Law - Gender & Racial Fairness Committee Award; and, the UB Law Alumni Association - Award for the Judiciary. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Sandy Kulick Memorial Award and the Judicial Award from Volunteer Lawyers Project. The Women Lawyers of Western New York honored her as the Lawyer of the Year award in 2006. Along with her husband John, the received the Commitment to Education Award in 2009 from the City of Buffalo. A past President of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, she has held office with the Bar Association of Erie County and the SUNY at Buffalo Law Alumni Association. She has for many years volunteered as a tutor with Lawyers for Learning at Buffalo City Public School 18. Justice Feroleto continues to serve as parish trustee at St. Rose of Lima in North Buffalo.
Justice Feroleto and her husband, John, reside in Buffalo, New York. They have three adult children, all attorneys admitted to practice law in New York State.
Information about Judge Feroleto is also available on the Judicial Directory.