Justice Stephen K. Lindley is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Buffalo Law School. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1990 and began his career as a confidential law clerk to several judges, including Hon. Elizabeth J. Pine in the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, and Hon. Kenneth R. Fisher of the State Supreme Court. Justice Lindley thereafter served as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County under then District Attorney Howard R. Relin, and he spent three years engaged in the private practice of law. In January 2002, Justice Lindley was appointed by the Mayor of the City of Rochester, William A. Johnson, Jr., to fill a vacancy in the Rochester City Court, and that November he was elected to a full 10-year term. After three years on City Court, Justice Lindley was designated to sit as Acting Monroe County Court Judge, and he served in that capacity until he was elected to Supreme Court in the Seventh Judicial District in November 2006. On January 21, 2010, Governor David A. Patterson appointed Justice Lindley to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Justice Lindley and his wife Ardis Mangione-Lindley live in Pittsford, New York with their four children.