Judge Profile

Rose H. Sconiers

Judicial Experience:

  • Justice, Appellate Division, Fourth Department
  • Former Judge, The City Court of Buffalo
  • Justice, Supreme Court, Eighth Judicial District, Elected

Other Professional Experience:

  • Former Executive Attorney, The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc
  • Former Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Buffalo
  • Private Practice Sconiers & Sconiers

Biographical Data:

  • Justice Sconiers is married to Attorney, Lester G. Sconiers and the mother of a daughter, Lisa Rose, a son, Lester, Jr. and grandson, Julian Alexander.


  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 1973
  • Long Island University, 1969

Admission to the Bar:

  • Federal Bench, 1975
  • State Bench, 1974

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Chair, Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission
  • Former member of the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Niagara Division, American Heart Association
  • Fellow of New York State Bar Foundation
  • Former member of the Board of Directors, Artpark & Company.
  • Emeritus member, University of Buffalo Council
  • Past President, New York State Association of Council Members and College Trustees
  • Former President, The Association of Justices of The Supreme Court of The State of New York
  • Former Presiding member, Judicial Council of The New York State Bar Association
  • Former delegate to the National Conference of State Trial Judges, The American Bar Association.
  • Former member of the Board of Directors, Erie County Bar Foundation
  • Former member, Erie County Bar Association Grievance Committee
  • Past Chairman, Lawyer Referral Service Committee and Law Day Committee
  • Bar's Special Committee to Study the Feasibility of Creating a Police Civilian Review Board, Buffalo Police Department, Practice and Procedure in City Court Committee, Judiciary Committee and Ethics Committee
  • Past President, The Supreme Court Justice Association, Eighth Judicial District
  • Past President, Buffalo Chapter, National Bar Association
  • Past Chairperson, Friends of the School of Architecture and Environmental Design at SUNY
  • Past Vice-Chairperson, Women for Downtown
  • Past President, Community Planning and Assistance Center for Western New York (CPAC)
  • Past Chairperson, 13th Street Multi-Purpose Center, Inc., in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Past President, Erie County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
  • Former member, Board of Trustees of Children's Hospital, the Board of Trustees of St. Mary' School for the Deaf and Board of Directors of the Buffalo Chapter, American Red Cross.
  • The University of Buffalo Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumna Award,
  • The YWCA Leader Luncheon Outstanding Achievement Award
  • The Buffalo Urban League Evans/Young Award
  • 2008 Outstanding Jurist Award, Bar Association of Erie County
  • 2011 Lawyer of the Year Award, Women Lawyers of Western New York
  • 2013 Bridge Builders Award, Rochester Black Bar Association