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Richard James Brickwedde

Richard James Brickwedde, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1970, District of Columbia 1971, United States Tax Court 1972, United States Supreme Court 1991. Named Honorary Citizen State of Texas, 1976; recipient Public Citizenship award New York Public Interest Research Group 1980.


  • Brickwedde, Richard James was born on December 12, 1944 in Brooklyn. Son of George L. and Rose M. (McCarthy) Brickwedde.

  • Education

    • AB, Syracuse University, 1966. Juris Doctor, Fordham University, 1969.


    • Staff assistant Syracuse office Senator Robert F. Kennedy, New York, 1965-1966. Administrative assistant United States Physician organization and Office of Economic Opportunity/Volunteers in Service to America, Washington, 1966. Management consultant, 1969-1971.

      General counsel The Student Vote, 1971. Private practice law Syracuse, 1971-1980. Regional counsel New York State Department Environmental Conservation, 1980-1991, acting regional director, 1984.

      With Green, Seifter Attorneys Professional Limited Liability Company, 1992—2003, Brickwedde Law Firm, Syracuse, since 2003. Associate counsel to majority leader New York State Assembly, 1975, assistant counsel to speaker, 1976-1977.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New York 1970, District of Columbia 1971, United States Tax Court 1972, United States Supreme Court 1991.


    • Author: The Student's Right to Vote, 1971, Duke's Tale, 1991, Interstate Garbage: The Carbone Case and the Commerce Clause, 1994, The Superfund Recycling Equity Act of 1999, 2000, Annual Review Of New York Environmental Laws, 2006, Syracuse Law Review Vol 56 Northern 4, 2006. Contributing editor Network, 1975-1976. Reviewer in field.

      Contributor articles to professional journals and trade publications.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Treasurer Legal Services Central New York, Inc., 1980—1981, president, 1981—1982. Goodwill ambassador International Center Syracuse, 2000. Chairman voting rights task force Democratic National Committee, 1970—1971.

    Board directors Legal Services Central New York, Inc., 1978—1983, Huntington Family Centers, Inc., Syracuse, 1971—1989, New York Alpha Tau Omega Student Aid Fund, Inc., Syracuse, 1972—2000, Onondaga County Child Care Council, Inc., 1978—1980. Vice president Huntington Family Centers, Inc., Syracuse, 1980. Board directors International Center of Syracuse, 1992—2000, board directors, president, 1998—1999.

    Board directors Appleseed Trust, since 2000, The Nature Conservancy of Central and Western New York, 2001—2007. Member of American Bar Association (vice chair special committee on solid waste 1998—2002, state and local government vice-chair environmental committee 1998—2000, since 2005), National Solid Waste Management Association (steering committee New York chapter 1992—2001), Onondaga County Bar Association (co-chair Continuing Legal Education committee 1999—2000, board directors 2000-2004), New York Bar Association.


    • Married June Minsch Gamber, September 2, 1978. Stepchildren: Stephanie, Karen, Frances.
    • father: George L. Brickwedde
    • mother: Rose M. (McCarthy) Brickwedde
    • spouse: June Minsch Gamber
    • children: Stephanie Brickwedde
    • Karen Brickwedde
    • Frances Brickwedde
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    Born December 12, 1944
    (age 72)