Candidate for Oneida City Court Judge
Melissa Stearns, who resides in Oneida with her husband Mike and their three children, recently announced her candidacy for Oneida City Court. The Oneida City Court Judge serves a 10 year term, presiding over both civil and criminal matters. If elected Melissa would be the first woman ever to serve as Oneida City Court Judge.
Melissa is the Principal Law Clerk (attorney) to the Honorable Donald F. Cerio, Jr., Acting Supreme Court Justice seated in Madison County, a position she has held for the last 11 years. In her capacity as a law clerk she has gained extensive experience in complex civil litigation.
Prior to her service in Supreme Court, Melissa was a prosecutor in the Madison County District Attorney's Office for 12 years (1996-2008), 10 years of which she was responsible for criminal prosecutions in the City of Oneida.
“My career as an attorney has been devoted to public service and my experience, track record, and commitment make me uniquely qualified to serve as City Court Judge. I would be honored to continue serving our community for the next 10 years as Oneida City Court Judge,” Melissa said in a recent statement.
Melissa is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Catholic University's Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. and has been a practicing attorney for 25 years.