Thursday, February 7, 2019



Dutchess legislature has new attorney


POUGHKEEPSIE – Karen Hagstrom, Esq. has been named legislative counsel for the Dutchess County Legislature to fill out the remainder Scott Volkman's unexpired term.  Volkman left the position when he was appointed Poughkeepsie City Court Judge in January.  Hagstrom immediately immersed herself in the new role late last month.

Hagstrom is a resident of Red Hook and a 1994 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law.  She is the first woman named to serve as legislative counsel in the body's 51-year history. 

“I was raised in Dutchess County and look forward to continuing to help our residents in my new role as legislative counsel,” said Hagstrom. “Having spent most of my legal career reviewing and interpreting laws and regulations will help me carry on the work done by the great legal minds of my predecessors and I look forward to following in their footsteps.”

Hagstrom, wife of Senior Assistant District Attorney Matthew Weishaupt, was confirmed for the position at the county legislature's January meeting.    

She unsuccessfully ran for Dutchess County Family Court Judge against Jeffrey Martin in November.  In January she went to work for the law firm of Stenger, Roberts, Davis, and Diamond to handle both municipal law and criminal cases.

Hagstrom is familiar with government work.  From 1994-2003 she was a Senior Assistant Dutchess County District Attorney working on both felony and misdemeanor cases.  She also served as Senior Assistant County Attorney for Dutchess County from 1996-1997 representing the Department of Social Services handling cases including the emergency removal of children.

Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver said “Ms. Hagstrom’s extensive legal background will aid her in stepping into this position and allow her to rapidly expand her knowledge and expertise.” He said “her reputation in the legal community is outstanding. I am confident that she will provide sound legal advice to the Legislature.” 

The legislature's Democratic leader, Hannah Black, said they are looking forward to working with her. “It is our hope that she works with the Democratic Minority Caucus equally as the Republican Majority Caucus."

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