The Honorable Dennis E. Ward

8th Judicial District - Erie County Supreme Court, Department Part 12 - 2nd Floor


The Hon. Dennis E. Ward is a justice for the Erie County Supreme Court in the Eighth Judicial District of New York. He was elected to the bench in 2015.

Ward earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973. He then continued his studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where he completed a J.D. in 1976.

Prior to his election to the bench, Ward was an attorney in private practice for thirty-seven years. He also served as an Erie County Democratic Elections Commissioner for ten years.

Ward was born in Cattaraugus County and raised in Tioga County and Erie County. His father was a principal at Grover Cleveland School. His wife is a former Erie County Legislator.

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