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Honorable Justice Gerald Whalen '75 visits WTSJ

Published on Friday, May 05, 2017

Honorable Justice Gerald Whalen '75 visits WTSJ

WTSJ Radio Features Alumni Politicians For Community Spotlight Series


On Friday, May 5, the Honorable Justice Gerald L. Whalen '75, presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Dept. in Rochester visited Timon's WTSJ studios.

Justice Whalen was interviewed by Manny McClain, a freshman at Timon and appeared on WTSJ, Timon's Community Spotlight! Judge Whalen's interview is the first in a 4 part series of local dignitaries who will also be interviewed by the WTSJ staff.

Justice Whalen recalled when he first knew he wanted to attend Timon.  Growing up on Columbus Avenue, he would often see Timon's football team walking to practice and because his grandfather had also attended Timon, he knew it was the place for him. Justice Whalen also shared he stays in touch with many of his classmates, some of whom contributed to his competitive spirit helping to drive his grades up, earning Judge Whalen placement on the Academic Honor Rolls and the National Honor Society.

Running cross country and track and hitting the links on the golf course as well as being a staff member of the Tidings, helped make Justice Whalen a well-rounded student, contributing to his being accepted into St. Bonaventure and eventually transferring to Canisius College where he earned his BA in Political Science.

History interested the Judge and because of that interest, he continued on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo Law School.  This entailed completing a three-year program and qualifying and passing the bar exam.  After passing the bar exam, Justice Whalen became a law clerk where he had contact with clients and learned he liked the court room atmosphere. Justice Whalen is currently serving a 14-year term as a Supreme Court Justice.

In his final comments, Justice Whalen congratulated the Timon students involved with WTSJ and all they are accomplishing, "Never would I have imagined there would be soundboards and the capabilities to manage an on-line interview process! Timon is certainly moving in the right direction!"

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Author: Maureen Burns

Categories: General, Alumni