On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, Kathleen L. Robichaud, a Judge of the Rensselaer City Court in Rensselaer County, resigned while under investigation by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

According to a press release issued by the Commission, complaints had been filed alleging Judge Robichaud failed to properly renew her law license and update her email address after being censured in 2022 for improperly asserting her judicial title in her email. She was also accused of failing to submit mandatory financial disclosure forms and making prohibited political donations. Judge Robichaud agreed to resign from her position effective no later than May 17, 2024 and vowed never to seek or hold a judicial role again.

The Commission accepted a signed stipulation from Judge Robichaud, her attorney, and Commission Administrator Robert Tembeckjian detailing the terms of her departure. Robichaud waived normal confidentiality rules to allow the stipulation and resignation order to be publicly released.

In a statement, Administrator Tembeckjian said the public cannot have confidence in a judge who does not remedy past misconduct and engages in new issues so soon after. He deemed Judge Robichaud’s resignation an appropriate resolution given the circumstances.

Judge Robichaud had served as a judge on the Rensselaer City Court since 1996 and her current term was set to expire at the end of 2025. She had been a member of the New York State Bar since 1990. Her departure from the bench concludes the latest judicial misconduct case reviewed by the oversight commission.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.