One of the last things Auburn City Court Judge Michael McKeon took out of his office ahead of retiring after 20 years was a framed picture.
At first glance it seems like a painting, but it’s actually a photograph, one that depicts McKeon’s father, a lawyer, leaving the Cayuga County Courthouse, decades before his son would spend two terms as Auburn’s lead judge.
After graduating from Auburn High School in 1975, McKeon thought his path would lead him into a career as a history teacher. He even went so far as to earn his accreditation in that field.
Ultimately, however, McKeon would end up following his father’s footsteps into a career in law that culminated in the judgeship that he hopes left a record of encouraging people to change their lives for the better.
Following his graduation from The College of Wooster in Ohio and later the Duquesne University School of Law, McKeon joined his father’s law practice part-time.
It wasn’t until he served as a clerk for fellow Auburn resident and New York State Supreme Court Justice Robert White that McKeon got the idea to one day serve as a judge.
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