Karen K. Peters was
appointed a Justice of the Third Department on February 3, 1994.
In 1992, she became the first woman elected to the Supreme Court in the
Third Department. Her judicial career began with her election to
the Ulster County Family Court in 1983.
Justice Peters, admitted to the practice of law in 1973, began her legal
career in private practice, later serving as an Assistant District Attorney
in Dutchess County. From 1979 to 1983, she was counsel to the State
Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse and became the director of the
State Assembly Government Operations Committee in 1983. A former
assistant professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Justice
Peters is a graduate of George Washington University (1969) and New York
University School of Law (1972).