Buffalo’s John Elmore will be First African-American Attorney to Convene 8th District Judicial Convention

Next Monday, September 24, renowned Buffalo attorney John V. Elmore will become the first African- American attorney in history to convene a convention of the 8th Judicial District of New York State. He was nominated for this role by the eight Democratic county chairs of the 8th district, which cover Western New York.

“I am grateful to the chairs for this honor, especially my hometown chairman, Jeremy Zellner, who lead the charge,” Elmore said. “After more than a quarter-century in the legal system, I know that the key to maintaining and advancing the cause of justice is a fair, highly competent judiciary, and it is a privilege to take part in the process of delivering that for the people of New York. “Unless we have judges of the very highest caliber, the courts and the people they are meant to protect and serve suffer. Justice demands the very best in us, and that’s what I’ve always worked for.”

Born and raised in Olean, John Elmore received his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University and has seen the criminal justice system from many perspectives, including New York State trooper, assistant attorney general for New York State, and a member of the New York State Attorney Grievance Committees, which oversee the discipline of lawyers accused of misconduct or neglect.

Elmore worked as a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney from 1981 to 1984, and is past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and a life member of the NAACP. He has received the NAACP’s Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award, the Buffalo News Citizen of the Year award, and the Erie County Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Award. Elmore has also been appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on multiple judicial screening committees evaluating potential candidates for judgeships and as a trustee of Erie County Community College.

He is an accomplished personal injury attorney in private practice, and is co-proprietor of the Buffalo-based Steve Boyd & John Elmore law firm. “John is the very definition of professionalism and public spiritedness,” said Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner. “I was gratified to put such a distinguished name forward for the purpose of convening our convention.”

“John embodies the very best of our community and the legal field, and he is a true son of Buffalo who brings distinction to us, to this city, and to this region,” said Erie County Democratic Committee Vice Chair Arthur O. Eve, Jr.

Next week’s convention will be held in Buffalo, where delegates will nominate Supreme Court candidates for the 8th District.