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Michael J. Sullivan
Rated “Highly Qualified” for election as Judge of the Chautauqua County Family Court, Attorney Michael J. Sullivan is seeking election to the now vacant Family Court judge position in Chautauqua County. The rating was issued by the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission.
“The experience that comes with my more than twenty-five (25) years representing children, parents and grandparents in Family Court will benefit the residents of Chautauqua County if I am elected Family Court Judge,” Sullivan said.
“In addition to my work representing children in Family Court, I have chaired several committees working diligently to improve the Family Court. Our Court is in the midst of a New York State Child Welfare Court Improvement Project,” Sullivan said. “We have brought forward several innovations to improve the operation of this court and improve outcomes for children.”
“We have a youth-in-court orientation where twice a year we bring children into the courthouse, prior to their first court appearances, for a tour to reduce their stress on the day they come to court for the real thing,” Sullivan added. “Children are benefiting from the changes we have recommended and implemented here in Chautauqua County.” For 12 years our Family Court has offered parents with drug addictions the opportunity to participate in an intensive Family Drug Treatment Court. The outcome has been dozens of successful graduates and many babies born drug free. I participated in the planning of the treatment court. Since its inception I have served as the attorney for the child on the team.”
“Drawing on the success of the treatment court, we have just stared a program designed to identify substance abuse issues in families which reduces the time to get them an evaluation and treatment.”
Attorney Sullivan has been the Chautauqua County Liaison to the Appellate Court’s Attorney for the Child program from Chautauqua County for 20 years.
“There is still much work to do. As a Family Court Judge for Chautauqua County I will put my full effort and attention to both adjudication of the cases before me and working to improve the experience of participants in the court. I have the experience from my practice and my service on improvement projects to make a difference in the Court and the lives of the people of Chautauqua County,” Sullivan explained.
Sullivan has practiced law in New York since February 1985. A graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton. He is an active member of the Fredonia Volunteer Fire Department where has served for thirty years.