Judge Profile

W. Dennis Duggan

Judicial Experience:

  • Judge, Albany County Family Court, Elected, 1994 to 2003, Re-elected 2004 to 2013

Other Professional Experience:

  • General Counsel, Department of Economic Development, City of Albany, 1992 to 1994
  • Private Practice, 1978 to 1994
  • Exec Deputy Corporation Counsel, City of Albany, 1986 to 1988
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel,Chief Labor Counsel & Negotiator, City of Albany, 1978 to 1986
  • Confidential Law Clerk, Albany County Judge, 1976 to 1978
  • Law Clerk, City of Albany Corporation Counsel, 1974 to 1976
  • Law Clerk, Albany County Public Defender's Office, 1973 to 1974


  • J.D., Albany School of Law of Union University, 1976
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1971

Admission to the Bar:

  • United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit Court, 1982
  • United States Supreme Court, 1980
  • NYS, Appellate Division, Third Department, 1977
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York, 1977


  • re-LOCATION-reLOCATION-reLOCATION, When the Kid Goes to Vegas, The Kid Stays in Vegas, Albany County Bar Association Newsletter, April 2006
  • The Sky (Is) (Is Not) Falling: Crawford v. Washington and the New Law of Confrontational Hearing, New York State Bar Association, Family Law Review, Spring 2005
  • The Response of the German Judiciary to the Holocaust, 1933-1945, Jewish War Veterans, April 2003
  • So What's a Grandparent to Do?, NYSBA Family Law Review, Spring 2000
  • Helpful Practice Hints: Court Preparation, NYS Bar Journal, November, 1996
  • Handling Domestic Vilence Cases in Family Court, May, 1997
  • Courting Trouble, Albany Times Union, March 2, 1997
  • Electronic Recording in Family Court, March 6, 1997
  • Getting Through the First Year, New Judges School, 1991-2002
  • Courting Hope, Albany Times Union, October, 1999
  • Family Court Case Load Study, October, 1997
  • Case Management in Family Court, July, 1997

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • President, New York State Family Court Judges Association, 2004 - present
  • Member, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (Board of Trustees)
  • Member, American Judges Association
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member, American Judicature Society
  • Faculty Member, National Judicial College, AFCC and NCJFCJ
  • Frequent Lecturer, Albany Law School, Albany County Bar Association, NYS Bar Association
  • Member, Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee
  • Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy and Judicial Economics Institute
Profile provided by the New York State Office of Court Administration.