Justice 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. She was re-elected in 2006. 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). She has served as a member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct since 2000.