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Assistant District Attorney Constance Patterson Appointed as City Court Judge


Assistant District Attorney Constance Patterson

Mayor Malik D. Evans announced the appointment of Assistant District Attorney Constance Patterson as Rochester City Court Judge on Monday, October 2, 2023 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of The Honorable Judge Teresa Johnson.


“The appointment of Constance Patterson to complete Judge Teresa Johnson’s unexpired term reflects the will of the people of Rochester, as she received the highest votes in the primary election in June,” Evans said. “Constance Patterson’s experience on both the prosecution and defense sides of the criminal justice system makes her a qualified addition to the Rochester City Court Bench.”


Rochester’s may appoint a new Rochester City Court judge under the New York Uniform City Court Act when a vacancy occurs on that court.


Patterson's appointment to the City Court bench follows her service as a Monroe County Assistant District Attorney. She will complete the remainder of Judge Johnson’s unexpired term, which ends December 31, 2023.


Patterson is a graduate of Emory University’s School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. While in law school, she interned with the Georgia Public Defender’s Council and Georgia Innocence Project. Patterson also spent time with the Dekalb County, Georgia, District Attorney’s Office.


“Judge Johnson is a trailblazer who was the first Black female elected to this critically important bench and upheld the law as an instrument of equitable protection rather than discriminant punishment,” said Evans. “I thank Judge Johnson for her more than three decades of service on the Rochester City Court and wish her well in her much-deserved retirement.”

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