Judge Profile

Francesca E. Connolly

Judicial Experience:

  • Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, Appointed (Feb. 18, 2016) by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 2016 to Present
  • Justice, Supreme Court, Westchester County, Elected, 2010 to 2023
  • Justice, Second Department, Appellate Term, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti, 2014 to 2016
  • Justice, Ninth Judicial District, Environmental Claims Part, 2014 to 2016
  • Supervising Judge, Matrimonial Part, Westchester County, 2011 to 2012
  • Justice, Supreme Court, Westchester County, Appointed by Governor David Paterson, 2009 to 2009
  • Town Justice, Town of Ossining, Elected, 2006 to 2009
  • Acting Judge, City Court of Mount Vernon, Appointed by Ninth Judicial District Administrative Judge Francis Nicolai, 2009 to 2009
  • Acting Justice, Village of Ossining, Appointed by Ninth Judicial District Administrative Judge Francis Nicolai, 2008 to 2008

Other Professional Experience:

  • Partner, Malapero & Prisco, LLP, 2003 to 2009
  • Trial Counsel, Gallina & Connolly, 1989 to 2003
  • Associate, MacCartney, MacCartney, Kerrigan & MacCartney, 1985 to 1989
  • Assistant General Counsel, 1982 - 1983 and, New York City Department of Probation, 1984 to 1985
  • Law Assistant to Deputy Administrative Judge of Queens County Family Court, Family Court of the State of New York, Queens County, 1983 to 1984

Education:

  • J.D., Pace University School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1979

Admission to the Bar:

  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1990
  • Appellate Division, Second Department, 1983
  • New Jersey, 1983
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1983

Publications/Lectures:

  • Civil Practice: Taking Depositions, Pace University School of Law, Apr. 22, 1998
  • Building and Demolishing a Construction Accident Case, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Oct. 4, 2004
  • Small Claims Continuing Judicial Education, New York State Judicial Institute
  • Speak Out With Assemblywoman Sandy Galef: Local Court Consolidation (panelist), Feb. 4, 2010
  • Judicial Ethics: Winding Down Your Law Practice, New York State Judicial Institute, Nov. 29, 2010
  • Appearing Before the Matrimonial Bench in Westchester Dos and Don'ts, Westchester County Bar Association, Family and Domestic Relations Law Section, Mar. 30, 2011
  • A View From the Bench in Matrimonial Cases, Pace University School of Law Matrimonial Practice, June 29, 2011
  • Recent Developments in Matrimonial Law, Ninth Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender Fairness in the Courts, Sept. 13, 2011
  • Pre Trial Litigation Simulation (lecturer and moot court judge), Pace University School of Law, Dec. 5, 2011
  • How to Do Your Part to Make the Matrimonial Part Run Smoothly, Westchester Womens Bar Association, Family and Domestic Relations Law Section, May 15, 2012
  • Interplay Between Family Court and Supreme Court in Family and Matrimonial Cases, Westchester County Bar Association, Family and Domestic Relations Law Section, June 5, 2012
  • Matrimonial Basics for New Judges, New York State Judicial Institute, Jan. 4, 2013; Jan. 5, 2012; Jan. 5, 2011
  • ABCs of Matrimonial Law, Pace Womens Justice Center, June 21, 2012
  • 2013 CPLR Update, Westchester County, White Plains, and Mt. Vernon Bar Associations, May 19, March 6, and June 17, 2014
  • Recognition of Foreign Divorce Decrees and Enforcement of Foreign Support Orders, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers June Retreat, June 29, 2013

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Member, Ossining Youth Court Advisory Board, 2009 - 2011
  • Deputy Town Supervisor, Town of Ossining, 2003 - 2005
  • Council Member, Town of Ossining, Elected, 2000 - 2005
  • Planning Board Member, Town of Ossining, 1997 - 1999
  • President and Vice President, Ossining PTA Council, 1997 - 1999
  • Founding Member, Ossining Youth Hockey Association
  • Founding Member and President, Team Westchester Hockey Association, 1996 - 2001
  • Governor of the Year Award, Long Island Hockey League, 1999
  • Member, Fordham Prep Hockey Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Secretary and Treasurer, Westchester County Magistrates Association, 2008 - 2009
  • Member, Westchester County Bar Association, Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society and Columbian Lawyers of Westchester County
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
  • Co-Chair, Access to Justice Task Force, Sub-Committee on Divorce, 2012 - 2014
  • Honoree, Brehon Law Society of Westchester County, March 7, 2013

Individual Part Rules:

Judges Practice:

  • Justice Connolly's Part Rules
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