Peter Buchenholz is an experienced attorney and a long-term employee of the New York State Division of Human Rights.
Mr. Buchenholz has served as Adjudication Counsel to the Commissioner’s Office since 2000. As Adjudication Counsel, he reviews, on behalf of the Commissioner, Administrative Law Judges’ proposed orders after hearing, is empowered to author alternative proposed orders, issues final determinations when so designated, participates in training the Division’s ALJs and attorneys and advises the Commissioner on policy matters.
Mr. Buchenholz joined the Division in 1999 as an attorney in the Prosecutions Unit until he was promoted to Adjudication Counsel. Mr. Buchenholz has litigated for the Division’s Litigation and Appeals Unit where he successfully defended agency final orders on appeal at the Appellate Division.
Prior to joining the Division, Mr. Buchenholz served as Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law defending the State Department of Labor on appeal and reviewing Workers' Compensation Board decisions. During law school, Mr. Buchenholz clerked in the Staff Attorneys' Office of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Buchenholz has developed and taught a course on law and social work at SUNY Stony Brook University; worked as Legislation Project Coordinator for Voices for Immigrant Justice; and, continues to volunteer in a number of community-based programs. Mr. Buchenholz graduated from Boston College where he was a member of the honors program and participated in a year-long study abroad program at Oxford University.
Mr. Buchenholz received a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.