Justice William E. McCarthy was appointed to the Appellate Division, Third Department, effective January 30, 2009. He graduated from State University College of New York at Potsdam and Albany Law School. He served as confidential law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Edward Conway (1990-1993), Supreme Court Justice Joseph Harris (1994-1997), and Court of Claims Judge Edward Sheridan (1997-1998). He then served as Senior Assistant Counsel to Governor George Pataki from 1998 to 2004. Justice McCarthy was appointed to the Supreme Court for the Third Judicial District in June 2004 and elected to a 14-year term in November 2004. He was appointed an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, in December 2006. He served as Justice-in-charge, Commercial Division, Supreme Court, Albany County, in 2006. Justice McCarthy has served as a member of the New York State CPLR article 81 Guardianship Committee and is a former adjunct professor at Siena College.