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Buffalo native Elizabeth Wolford was sworn as Western New York’s first female federal judge during a Monday ceremony in Rochester, where she will preside.

During remarks as the Rochester event, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, who recommended the Colgate University and Notre Dame Law School graduate, pointed to the new jurist’s “stellar legal background, close ties to Western New York ... even-handedness, temperament and demonstrated leadership skills.”

“For a long time, one of my goals has been to bring a woman to the federal bench in Western New York,” he said. “Not only is Liz making history in that regard, but she is also bringing her considerable experience and first-rate legal mind to the bench; she is simply one of the finest judicial candidates I have ever met and I am glad to see her ascend to the bench of the Western District.”

Wolford, 47, grew up in Rochester and now resides in Honeoye Falls, and for nearly 20 years has been a partner in the Wolford Law Firm.

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