LOWVILLE A Lowville woman with extensive paralegal experience has been hired as the new Lewis County assistant attorney.
Jennifer M. Scordo, who graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University Law School last year, began working for the county a couple of weeks ago.
We had applications both locally and from out of the area, county attorney Richard J. Graham said. She rose to the top of the pack. Were pleased to have her on board.
Ms. Scordo effectively replaces Keith A. Lyndaker, who stepped down Dec. 31 after three years as assistant county attorney to take a job as court attorney for new County Judge Daniel R. King.
While finding out last fall that she had passed the state bar exam, Ms. Scordo wont be officially sworn in as a practicing attorney until Feb. 21.
In the interim, she has been shadowing Mr. Graham and reviewing ongoing cases, particularly ones from the Department of Social Services.
Ninety-five percent of my job consists of DSS work, Ms. Scordo said.
The Watertown native, who earned a paralegal degree from Jefferson Community College, began her career as a paralegal at Weldon & Trimper Law Firm.
I started there when I was 18 years old, Ms. Scordo said.
She later worked at the Watertown law firms of her late uncle, Jack C. Scordo, and Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, serving as a paralegal for 18 years until deciding to go to law school.
I wanted to be an attorney for the children, Ms. Scordo said, noting a specific interest in family, divorce and custody cases.
While having the desire to become a practicing attorney for some time, law school was put on hold until the timing was right for her family.
When my son started preschool, I started law school, said Ms. Scordo, who has an 18-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son.
The Lowville resident said initial plans were to open a private law practice here, but the open position in the county legal department piqued her interest.
Ms. Scordo said she has always done family law, and the assistant county attorney post offers the opportunity to continue to focus on that area.
Im protecting kids, she said.
Despite being a new attorney, Ms. Scordo gained courtroom experience by attaining student attorney status for two years at Syracuse University, earning several awards for her pro bono work in the process.
She is an adjunct professor at JCC, teaching business law, and serves on a committee that will recommend changes to the paralegal program at the Watertown college.
She is also a past board member with the Lowville Pop Warner football program and previously served for many years as cheerleading coach for the squad.