Governor David A. Paterson today announced that he has nominated Michelle I. Schauer to fill an interim vacancy in Westchester County Family Court.
Under the New York State Constitution, the Governor may nominate individuals to fill vacancies on the Family Court until those vacancies can be filled at the next general election. If the Governor's nomination is confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Schauer will serve until December 31, 2010.
Michelle I. Schauer currently serves as a Court Attorney Referee in the Family Court, Westchester County, a position she has held since 1999. In 1999, she was the Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Albert M. Rosenblatt, New York State Court of Appeals. From 1989 to 1998, she was the Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Albert M. Rosenblatt, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department. In 1989, she was an Associate Law Clerk to the Honorable Bruce Tolbert and the Honorable Orazio Bellantoni, Family Court, Westchester County. In 1988, she was an Associate Law Clerk to the Honorable Lucille Polk Buell and Honorable Theodore Dachenhausen, Supreme Court, Westchester County. From 1986 to 1988, she was an Associate at Summit Rovins & Feldesman. From 1984 to 1986, she was a Law Clerk at the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department. Ms. Schauer received her B.S. from Arizona State University in 1980, and earned her J.D. from New York Law! School in 1984, where she graduated cum laude and was a member of the New York Law School Law Review.
The annual salary for the nomination to the Family Court in Westchester County is $136,700. This nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.