On May 9, 2016, Randolph F. Treece joined E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy LLC, as of counsel specializing in mediations, arbitrations, civil rights, employment, and personal injury litigation.
Mr. Treece was appointed on April 26, 2001, Magistrate Judge to the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. On September 14, 2009, Judge Treece was re-appointed to a second term as United States Magistrate Judge, retiring on September 25, 2015. Mr. Treece was the first African-American to be appointed to the federal judiciary in the Northern District of New York and the first person of color to be appointed or elected to the judiciary at any level, state or federal, in 104 years in eastern, upstate New York.
Prior to his appointment as Magistrate Judge, Mr. Treece served as Counsel to the Office of the State Comptroller in H. Carl McCall’s administration and directed and coordinated all aspects of the Division of Legal Services in accordance with the Comptroller’s overall goals, objectives and philosophy. Prior to his appointment as Counsel in February 1999, Mr. Treece served as First Deputy Capital Defender of the New York State Capital Defender Office, appointed in September 1995 to manage the Albany Office and provide trial level representation to those accused of murder in the first degree who may face the sentence of death.
Mr. Treece graduated from Siena College in 1970 with a B.B.A. in Accounting. After graduation, he worked with the big eight accounting firm of Peat, Marwick and Mitchell until he entered Albany Law School in 1973. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 1976 and promptly commenced a private practice, specializing in criminal law and litigation. Mr. Treece maintained this private practice for eleven years. While in private practice, he also served as an Assistant Public Defender for Rensselaer County and taught at two area junior colleges. In 1987 Mr. Treece joined the New York State Department of Law as an Assistant Attorney General, practicing civil litigation until September 1995.
In 1989, Mr. Treece was appointed an adjunct professor at Albany Law School until 2005. In addition to teaching trial tactics, Mr. Treece has instructed a public defender criminal law clinic, conducted legal educational seminars, and occasionally is asked to be a guest lecturer in other law school classes as well as at other law schools and colleges.
Mr. Treece possesses a strong commitment to his community and has served on countless community boards of directors. He is a member of board of trustee of the Albany Palace Theater and Rockefeller Institute. He is trustee emeriti of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School, and the former Board of Trustee of the Capital District YMCA, Hudson Valley Community College and Siena College. He served on three committees of the New York State Bar Association and as a former delegate to the House of Delegates. He also served on the Board of Directors of the New York Bar Foundation as Treasurer. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Albany County Bar Association for approximately ten years, serving as Treasurer of this association and served as Chair of the By-Laws Committee and the Association’s Minority Lawyers Subcommittee and is the author of this Association’s Minority Hiring Project and Diversity Internship Fellowship Program. He served as Board Member, Executive Vice-Chair and Acting Chair in 1996 of the Urban League of Northeastern New York, Inc.
Mr. Treece has been the recipient of an array of honors and awards:
- 1996: Thurgood Marshall Justice Award from the Albany Chapter of the NAACP
- 1997: Roland J. Smith Award from the New York Chapter of American Civil Liberties Union for exemplary legal service
- 1998: McNamee Award for outstanding services as a Board Member from the Urban League of Northeastern New York
- 1999: Distinguished Service Award from the Albany Law School Alumni Association
- 2000: 1999 President’s Award from The Albany County Bar Association
- 2000: Inducted into the Troy Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame
- 2001: Inducted into his high school’s Hall of Fame
- 2001: Named Citizen of the Year by Omega Phi Psi
- 2002: Frederick Douglas Award from The Center for Law and Justice
- 2002: Millennium Award from he New York State Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission on Minorities
- 2004: Distinguished Alumni in Government Award from Albany Law School
- 2004: Distinguished Service to Attorneys of Color Award from the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association
- 2004: Outstanding Leadership Award the Troy Chapter of the NAACP
- 2008: President’s Award for 2009 from the Capital District YMCA
- 2014: Medgar W. Evers Award from the Albany Chapter of the NAACP
- 2015: Legal Profession Leadership Award from Albany Law School
- 2016: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Troy Boys and Girls Club
- 2017: Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Law Journal
Further, he has served on the Honorary Board of the Women’s Law Project, Advisory Board of Albany Law School’s Government Law Center, Advisory Board of Albany Law School-NAACP Legal Assistance Program and is one of the founders and former President of the Capital District Black Bar Association, now the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association, and served as the President of the National Bar Association Region II Bar Foundation. He sat on the New York State Bar Association’s Judicial Selection Committee and for five (5) years served in a similar capacity for the City of Albany.