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Wolford’s Senate committee hearing scheduled

Elizabeth A. Wolford

Elizabeth A. Wolford

Elizabeth A. Wolford’s hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary to consider her nomination for a federal judgeship is scheduled for July 10.

The agenda was posted to the committee’s website Wednesday. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, who recommended Wolford for the nomination in early March, will preside. Wolford will be one of four nominees testifying. She is being considered for a Rochester seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.

The hearing will be in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Wolford, a partner in The Wolford Law Firm LLP, was nominated May 16 by President Barack Obama. The hearing brings her one step closer to possible confirmation. After the hearing, the committee will determine whether or not to forward her nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to sit on the federal bench in Western New York.

Wolford, 46, has been with the firm her father founded for 20 years. Her practice focuses primarily in the areas of commercial and employment litigation, representing clients in state and federal courts.

Wolford has also served as president of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, in 2003-04. She has been active in the association for many years and is the 2008 recipient of its Hanna S. Cohn mentoring award.

Wolford is also a member of the Monroe County Bar Association in which she has served various leadership roles, including recently completing a two-year term as president of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar, the association’s charitable arm.

In addition, she is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Seventh Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee and has intermittently been a member of the American Bar Association.

Wolford is being considered for a vacancy created in December when Judge Charles J. Siragusa was elevated to senior status. The American Bar Association has unanimously rated her as qualified for the position.

 — denise.champagne@nydailyrecord.com