James Spann seeks Democratic nomination for family court judge

James J. Spann, Jr. is seeking the Democratic nomination for the recently created Chautauqua County Family Court judgeship.

Spann has been an attorney with a private law practice in Dunkirk since his admission to the New York State Bar in 1985 and has been admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. since 1986. He also is admitted to the U.S. District Court and the Western District of New York. Spann’s primary area of practice has been in family and matrimonial law.

Spann has been a justice in Westfield for 27 years, both as justice and/or acting justice of the village of Westfield and the town of Westfield.

Attorney Spann’s community service includes memberships on the boards of Jamestown Family Services, Chautauqua County Legal Services located in Jamestown and Westfield Counseling Service. He was listed in the 1996-1997 Who’s Who in American Law and a past member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and Erie County Bar Association, and currently holds memberships with the New York Bar Association, the New York State Magistrates Association and Northern Chautauqua County Bar Association. He has held officer positions with the Northern Chautauqua County Bar Association and lectured before the Magistrates Association, as well as other groups. Spann has also been a guest lecturer for the PEACE program in Chautauqua County which aided parents involved in the Family Court system.

Spann states, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Westfield Community as a magistrate. I am now looking towards serving Chautauqua County in the position of Family Court.”

Attorney Spann obtained his bachelors degree at the State University of New York at Fredonia and obtained his law degree at Cooley Law School in Michigan.

Spann is a lifelong resident of Westfield, where he resides with his wife, June Miller-Spann, and two daughters, Isabella and Zoe.