The only woman to serve as president of the New York State Bar Association today declared her candidacy for a State Supreme Court vacancy.
Maryann Saccomando Freedman said she will seek the Republican Party nomination when the party meets Saturday to select its three candidates for 14-year terms in the 8th Judicial District.
"People must regain confidence in our courts and the administration of justice," Mrs. Freedman said during a press conference on the steps of Erie County Hall. "I'm seeking the office of justice because I believe I possess the legal background and qualifications required to be an effective, firm, but fair judge."
A lawyer for 30 years, Mrs. Freedman completed a one-year term in June as president of the state bar association.
Legal clerk to State Supreme Court Justice William J. Ostrowski for the past 11 years and also a state court matrimonial referee, Mrs. Freedman was president of the Erie County Bar association in 1981 and 1982. She is the first women to hold either bar group post.
A State University of Buffalo Law School graduate and a former assistant state attorney general, Mrs. Freedman enters the campaign for three state court slots up for grabs in November against State Supreme Court Justices Theodore S. Kasler and John J. Callahan and Buffalo attorney Jerome C. Gorski.