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
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.