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Lenora B. Foote

Paralegal  '90
Executive Assistant to Presiding Justice Gerald J. Whalen at the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court
As a young, single mother, Lenora Foote worked full-time while completing a degree in Paralegal from ECC. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Pre-Law Studies from Canisius and a Juris Doctor Degree/Family Law Certificate from Buffalo School of Law. Lenora continues to give back by serving on various committees and boards working at make this a better community.

As a young, single, first-time mother, Lenora knew she wanted to pursue a career in the legal profession. Like many students who attend ECC, Foote was also working full-time. She was determined to balance her schoolwork and her job in order to better herself. After plenty of encouragement from an ECC professor, she went on to continue her education at Canisius College where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Pre-Law Studies, followed by receiving her Juris Doctor Degree/Family Law Certificate from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1997.

Lenora has excelled in her chosen career path and has given back to the community in many ways. She has held positions with CIGNA and the NYS Unified Court System, previously as a family court magistrate. From 1998-2006 she held various positions with the City of Buffalo. Foote was appointed as the first Save Our Streets Coordinator in the City of Buffalo by Mayor Anthony Masiello in 1998. Under her leadership, the pilot program united federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to tackle the illegal and social problems of drug activity in urban neighborhoods. The program continues to thrive in the community today.

Giving back to the community, being a mentor and making a difference in peoples’ lives is something that is very important to Lenora. She has worked with and served on various boards and committees including those for the Erie County Bar Foundation, Erie County Bar Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, and the Family Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity. She currently is a member of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York (MBAWNY), the Women’s Bar Association of Western New York (WBAWNY), True Community Development Corporation, True Bethel Baptist Church, and is a member of the ECC Foundation Board of Directors and co-chairs the annual Celebrate ECC event.

Lenora Foote