Justice Leslie E. Stein was appointed to the Appellate Division, Third Department, effective February 11, 2008. She graduated from Macalaster College in 1978 and from Albany Law School in 1981. She was elected Albany City Court Judge in 1997 and served as Acting Family Court Judge in 2001. She was elected to the Supreme Court for the Third Judicial District in 2001. She served as the Administrative Judge of the Rensselaer County Integrated Domestic Violence Part from January 2006 to February 2008. Prior to her judicial career, Justice Stein was confidential law clerk to the Schenectady County Family Court Judges from 1981 to 1983. She then engaged in private practice from 1983 to 1987, practicing exclusively in matrimonial and family law. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1991. She is a founding member of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law, established by Chief Judge Kaye, since 1999. Justice Stein served as chair of the Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee from 2001 to 2005.