Judge Profile

John W. Sweeny

Judicial Experience:

  • Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department, 2004 to Present
  • Justice, New York State Supreme Court, 2000 to 2004
  • Acting Justice, New York State Supreme Court, 1987 to 1999
  • Putnam County Court Judge
  • Putnam Family Court Judge
  • Putnam Surrogate Court Judge

Other Professional Experience:

  • Confidential Law Secretary, Fred A. Dickinson J.S.C, 1977 to 1986
  • Administrative Asst. District Attorney, Putnam County, 1976 to 1977
  • Associate- McCann, Ahern and Sommers, 1974 to 1976
  • Confidential Law Secretary, John P. Donohoe J.S.C., 1976


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1974
  • A.B., University of Notre Dame, 1971

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Member, Special Commission on the Future of The New York State Courts
  • First Department Representative to the Statewide Law, Guardian Advisory Committee
  • First Department Representative, Statewide Committee on Continuing Legal Education
  • Member, Ninth Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender Fairness in the Courts
  • Former Member Board of Directors and Director of Continuing Legal Education, Putnam County Bar Association
  • Former Member Board of Directors, Association of Family Court Judges of State of New York
  • Former Member, Statewide Rules and Advisory Committee to propose Family Law Legislation
  • Task Force on Reducing Delay in Civil Litigation
  • Jury Trial Project
  • Lecturer and Moderator, State-Wide Judicial Training Seminars and CLE programs
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees, Putnam County Law Library
  • Chairman, Putnam County Jury Board
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Former member, House of Delegates
  • Member, Committee of Supreme Court
  • Past member, Committee on Judicial Administration
  • Past member, Committee on Justice and the Community
  • Past member, Committee on County Court
  • Past member, Special Committee on Grand Jury reform