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Presiding Justice Henry J. Scudder

Presiding Justice Scudder Justice Henry J. Scudder is Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Justice Scudder is a graduate of Stetson University and earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee. He began his career in private practice in Bath, New York. He later served as an Assistant District Attorney and then as First Assistant District Attorney in Steuben County. In 1982 Justice Scudder was elected Surrogate in Steuben County. He served as Surrogate from 1982 through 1996. During that time he also presided in Supreme, County and Family Court. Judge Scudder was elected to the Supreme Court for the Seventh Judicial District in 1996, and re-elected in 2010. In 1999 Justice Scudder was designated as an Additional Justice to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department by New York Governor George Pataki. On November 17, 2006, Justice Scudder was appointed Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department by Governor Pataki. He was reappointed Presiding Justice by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2011. Presiding Justice Scudder serves on the Administrative Board of the Courts, with the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and the three other Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions. The Administrative Board establishes standards and policies for the New York State Court System. He is also a member of the Steuben County Bar Association, the Monroe County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Supreme Court Justices Association, and the Association of Supreme Court Justices of the Seventh Judicial District. He is past President and Executive Committee Member of the New York State Surrogates Association, and a past member of the New York State Estates, Powers and Trust Law Committee, created by the New York State Legislature to review, revise and recommend amendments to the Estates, Power and Trust Law and the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act. Justice Scudder received the 2010 Law Day Award from the New York State Trial Lawyers Association “for his many years of service to the people of New York and his steadfast dedication to the preservation of the civil justice system.” The Law Day Award is the highest honor given to an individual by the four thousand member Association. In 2009, Presiding Justice Scudder established the Fourth Department’s Policy Statement on Pro Bono Legal and Volunteer Services, the first pro bono policy for appellate court attorneys and staff in New York State. The Appellate Division, Fourth Department received the 2011 President’s Pro Bono Service Award, presented annually by the New York State Bar Association, in recognition of outstanding pro bono initiatives and contributions by individual attorneys, law firms, law students, law school groups, in-house counsel and government offices.