Recently retired Yates County Judge W. Patrick Falvey has been named to the post of Judge Advocate for the New York Department of the American Legion. Appointed by N.Y. Department Commander Rena M. Nessler and confirmed by the Executive Committee, Falvey will advise the officers and the executive committee on all legal matters, including the construction and interpretation of the N.Y. American Legion’s Constitution and By-Laws.
According to that constitution, the Judge Advocate also rules on inquiries made by District, County, and individual Legion Posts that are binding unless overruled by the executive committee. The Judge Advocate is also a non-voting member of the executive committee.
“I serve at the pleasure of the Commander,” Falvey says, as he reports in person to the state headquarters in Albany several times each year, and is in daily contact for legal matters via email and telephone.
While new to this office, Falvey is well-versed in American Legion matters, having served as Chairman of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee for the past 17 years.
Penn Yan’s American Legion Johnson-Costello Post 355 is certainly doing their duty for the American Legion. In his new office, Falvey joins Jack Clancy, also of Penn Yan, who has been serving as State Treasurer for the past two years, and has been elected for his third term. “I think this is unique in the Legion,” says Clancy, “Out of the thousands of Legionnaires all over the state, for two members of the same small town post to serve on the Executive Committee at the same time says a lot about Penn Yan.” Clancy adds that Stanley Clark, another Johnson-Costello Post member, served as State Commander several years ago.
Along with his congratulations to Falvey, Clancy says “I’m thrilled the Department looked at his history, not just as chairman of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee, but as Yates County Judge. I believe there is no one better qualified than Pat to serve as Judge Advocate.”