Suffolk County Judge of Surrogate's CourtPosted: Updated:
Tara A. Scully
Background: Scully, 41, of Setauket, is running on the Republican, Green and Reform party lines in the general election. She has had a private practice in Port Jefferson since 2008 in which she handles elder law, trusts, estates, guardianship proceedings and criminal defense. She worked for the Legal Aid Society in the District Court Bureau from 2005 to 2008. Scully was an assistant Brookhaven Town attorney from April 2013 to August 2014 and taught business law as an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College from 2014 to 2017. She graduated from SUNY at Albany in 1999 and earned her law degree from Albany Law School in 2004. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in September 2005 and the Washington, D.C., bar in 2006. Her professional affiliations include the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, where she served as public relations chairwoman from 2014 to 2015. Scully is a past president of the Suffolk County Women's Bar Association. She also belongs to the New York State Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Nassau County Women's Bar Association and Suffolk Defenders.
Background: Whelan, 56, of Wading River, is running on the Democratic, Conservative, and Independence party lines in the general election. She has been a Suffolk County Family Court Judge since 2008 and was appointed supervising judge of the Suffolk County Family Court in February 2016. More recently, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore appointed Judge Whelan to the New York State Commission on Parental Representation, which is tasked with holding public hearings throughout the state and reporting on the status and quality of lawyers representing parents in child welfare cases. She was appointed in 2017 to the statewide Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee, which reviews proposed state legislation and drafts its own proposals on family law. She has been the lead judge of the Suffolk County Child Welfare Court Improvement Project since 2009. She began her law career as an assistant county attorney for Suffolk in 1988 and then was a law clerk to three state Supreme Court justices from 1990 to 2007. Whelan graduated from Stony Brook University in 1985 with both a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in policy analysis and public management. She received her law degree from Albany Law School in 1988. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1989. Whelan is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, where she was co-chair of the Family Court Committee from 2013 to 2016. She is a member and past president of the Suffolk County Women's Bar Association. Whelan is also the chair of the Suffolk County Attorneys for Children Advisory Committee. She frequently lectures for the Law Academy or other law organizations. In May 2017, Hofstra University's Center for Children, Families and the Law honored her for her work in Family Court.