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Hon. Therese Wiley Dancks

Hon. Therese Wiley Dancks

US District Court - NDNY
U.S. Magistrate Judge
Syracuse, NY, USA


Thérèse Wiley Dancks is a United States Magistrate Judge for the 32 county Northern District of New York.  At the time of her appointment in February of 2012, she was a founding partner in the law firm of Gale & Dancks, LLC, where her practice centered on civil litigation and trial work.  She was associated with the Syracuse law firm of Mackenzie Hughes, LLP from 1991 to 1997.  Judge Dancks graduated magna cum laude from LeMoyne College in 1985 and earned her J.D. degree cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1991.  She serves on district-wide court committees, U.S. Second Circuit court committees, and Federal Magistrate Judges Association committees.  She is a native Central New Yorker, and assists local community and professional organizations, with an emphasis on helping providers of legal services to the indigent and poor, bar associations, and higher education institutions.  Judge Dancks is a past president of the Central New York Women’s Bar Association and established the chapter’s award winning Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Clinic during her term.  She served as chairwoman of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society board of directors, and has co-authored articles for the Syracuse Law Review.  She frequently lectures for educational institutions, professional organizations and bar associations.
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