Jill Polk has dedicated her life to helping families navigate the legal system as a lawyer working in Schenectady County Family Court. For 17 years, Jill represented diverse clients, including children, in all types and phases of family court proceedings. She worked for a Family Court Judge as the court’s attorney sifting through evidence, meeting with lawyers and writing decisions, and then sat on the Family Court bench herself as a referee making decisions. During this time, Jill was also instrumental in bringing a child care center and mediation services to Family Court. Since 2008, Jill has been a trial attorney for the Commission on Judicial Conduct where she represents the rights of citizens against judicial misconduct.
Jill brings integrity, experience and true compassion to her race for Schenectady County Family Court Judge. This isn’t a political stepping stone for her. This is her life’s calling—a way to fulfill her commitment to put families first.
Jill sees the court as a place where all families can come together, work through problems and issues and strengthen their bonds. She can make the tough decision, but understands that this must be balanced with supporting families in learning how to make positive decisions for themselves – for that is the ultimate goal.
In addition to her legal work, Jill is an active community volunteer. She has served on the boards of Northeast Parent and Child Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Schenectady County and Citizen Action of New York. She is active in her daughter’s school and athletic programs and volunteers at school and community events. She is a member of Congregation Gates of Heaven where she serves on various committees.
Professionally, Jill has volunteered her time to develop, implement and provide advice to the Women’s Bar Association’s free monthly legal clinic. She has also provided pro bono legal representation to victims of domestic violence.
Honored for her work, Jill is the recipient of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association Pro Bono Award, the Schenectady County YWCA’s Women of the Year Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club’s Human Rights Award.
She holds a law degree from Albany Law School and a political science degree from the University of Buffalo.
Jill lives in Niskayuna with her partner, Lorinda Tennyson and their daughter, Isabella Polk.