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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > January 2015 > Appointment To Buffalo City Court

Appointment To Buffalo City Court


Attorney JaHarr S. Pridgen to fill Judge Ogden Vacancy

January 2, 2015 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announces the appointment of Buffalo attorney and Assistant District Attorney JaHarr S. Pridgen, Esq. to fill the vacant Buffalo City Court judgeship, as a result of the election of Judge E. Jeanette Ogden to New York State Supreme Court.

Ms. Pridgen was selected after Mayor Brown considered many candidates who had expressed an interest in the position and conducted multiple interviews. 

A 2006 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and a 2002 graduate of the State University New York at Buffalo, Ms. Pridgen has been an attorney for over seven years, most recently serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office as a member of the Felony Trial Bureau, where her practice includes a concentration on complex criminal litigation.  Prior to her more than 6 years of employment at the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Pridgen worked as a Legislative Assistant to former Buffalo Common Council Member, Bonnie E. Russell (University District).

Ms. Pridgen is a member of both the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of Western New York and the Minority Bar Association of Western New York.

“I am very pleased to appoint JaHarr S. Pridgen as Judge on the Buffalo City Court, a candidate who not only possesses impressive legal credentials but has a dedication to serving the residents of the City of Buffalo and a comprehensive understanding of the criminal law matters that routinely come before Buffalo City Court Judges,” stated Mayor Brown.  “I believe Ms. Pridgen will be a tough and knowledgeable, but compassionate jurist that the citizens of the City of Buffalo can be proud of in Buffalo City Court.”

“I would like to thank Mayor Brown for his trust and confidence in me and I am honored for the opportunity to serve on the Buffalo City Court,” said Ms. Pridgen. “I have concentrated my practice on criminal law matters in preparation for an opportunity such as this and I accept the Mayor’s appointment with the commitment of serving the citizens of Buffalo to the best of my ability.”

Ms. Pridgen resides on Sanders Road in the City of Buffalo with her husband Craig Pridgen and their daughter Jordin.