Saunders Secures Historic Nomination as First African American Appointee to Constitutional State Court of Claims in WNY

pictured above: Stephanie A. Saunders

History was made last month when Governor Kathy Hochul nominated  Stephanie A. Saunders for one of twelve appointments to the New York State Court of Claims. The New York State Senate confirmed the Governor’s ground breaking appointments on June 3. 

Dubbed the “Terrific Twelve” by the Hon. Richard E. Sise, Acting Presiding Judge of the New York State Court of Claims, Saunders is one of twelve diverse and highly qualified nominees from across the state, including three first generation Americans, the first little person and first Muslim. 

Saunders is the second African American appointed to the New York Court of Claims in Western New York and the first African American Court of Claims judge assigned exclusively to hear cases against the State of New York in the Buffalo District. She joins the ranks of twenty-seven of such judges located throughout the state. 

Saunders was the former principal law clerk to the Hon E. Jeannette Ogden in Supreme Court. She received her bachelors degree from Syracuse University and her juris doctorate from the University at Buffalo Law School. Before working with Justice Ogden in Supreme Court, Saunders was the Assistant Legal Counsel for the Buffalo Board of Education and also served seven years as the Director of Medical Affairs for Kaleida Health.

Congratulations Judge Saunders!