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Judge Koweek Chosen as Commencement Speaker

Judge KoweekThe Hudson Senior High School has chosen Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek to give the 2015 Commencement Address. The Honorable Richard Koweek graduated from the Hudson High School in 1971, and his children are all graduates of the school. He is a lifelong resident of Hudson. He served as a member of the Hudson City School District Board of Education from 1991 to 1996, and has volunteered with the Hudson City School District Booster Club.

Koweek received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and his law degree from Albany Law School. He has served as Columbia County Court Judge since 2012. He was a Hudson City Court judge from 2009 – 2011. Prior to this, he was a practicing attorney in Columbia County for 32 years. He practiced with Koweek, Cranna & McEnvoy, P.C. from 1983 to 2011, concentrating in the areas of surrogate practice, criminal law, civil law, and family law. He has also been an assistant legal advisor to the City of Hudson, assistant district attorney, counsel to the City of Hudson Housing Authority, and volunteer counsel to the RSVP program. He was vice-president of the Columbia County Bar Association from 2001 to 2002, and president from 2002 to 2003.

He has served as a board member for Second Show, Inc., Columbia Children’s Foundation, Inc., Columbia Memorial Hospital, and the Parsons Child & Family Center. He volunteered with the Hudson Fire Department: J.W. Hoysradt & Co. for over 25 years. He also volunteered as a soccer and basketball coach for the Hudson City Youth Department, and organized the Hudson Area Association Library’s Ghostly Gallup 5k.

“Judge Richard Koweek is a pillar in our community,” says Principal Antonio Abitabile. “He has always demonstrated his commitment to our community, both personally and professionally. I am excited to welcome Judge Koweek back to his alma mater, where he will have the opportunity to discuss his experience as a Hudson graduate and offer his insight to the Class of 2015.”

Pictured: The Honorable Richard Koweek spoke with Junior High students recently at Career Day about going into the field of law.