Raymond J. Dague

Phone: (315) 422-2052 E-mail: raymond@DagueLaw.com

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1978,
Syracuse University College of Law

  • Associate Editor of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce
  • Certificate in International Legal Studies
  • Honors include the Justinian Honorary Law Society

Bachelor of Arts with distinction in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

ADMISSIONS TO LAW PRACTICE

  • New York State Bar Admission in 1979
  • Federal Northern District of New York in 1979
  • Federal Western District of New York in 1980
  • Federal 2d Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City in 1986
  • United States Supreme Court in 1996

LEGAL PRACTICE

Raymond Dague has his office in Syracuse, New York at 4874 Onondaga Road, Syracuse, New York 13215. He has practiced law continuously in Syracuse since his admission to the New York bar in 1979, and has had his own law office since 1981 in a general practice covering many areas of law which individuals, families, churches, and small businesses encounter in our society. His practice includes church law, not-for-profit corporations, business law, real estate closings, litigation, bankruptcy, trusts, estates and wills, elder law, guardianships, adoptions, personal injury, criminal defense, traffic violations, and religious freedom defense. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in all of the city, state and federal courts in Syracuse and the surrounding area, and has filed and argued appeals in the supreme court appellate division. He has served as a special criminal prosecutor by appointment of the chief county court judge of Onondaga County.

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Raymond is an active member of the Christian Legal Society and where he served nine years on the national board of directors and also serves as the upstate New York membership director. He is the primary organizer of Christian Legal Society events for attorneys in the central New York area, including the lawyer’s Bible study breakfast in Syracuse. He is a member of the Federalist Society, a member of the Religious Liberties section of that Society, is affiliated with the American Center for Law and Justice, and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. He is a member of the Onondaga County Bar Association, and the Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association. He is on the board of directors of the American Anglican Council, and is the chancellor to the Bishop for the CANA Diocese of the East. He is a frequent lecturer and regular writer of articles on law, canon law, legal ethics, religious freedom, and pro-life issues in the local Christian newspaper and other publications. He wrote the chapter “Considerations Specific to Episcopalians” in the book A Guide to Church Property Law, which was issued in iits second edition in 2010. He has taught legal procedure to new attorneys for the New York State Bar Association. He serves on the advisory board of the Syracuse Friends for Life, and the Syracuse Christian Action Council. He is legal counsel for numerous churches and non-profit organizations. He represents several multi-church bodies, which in some denominations are called the diocese, and in other denominations are called the district.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Raymond is married and resides with his wife Patricia, and they have two sons who both reside in the Syracuse area. He is the senior warden of Church of the Holy Trinity in Syracuse.  He is a avid amateur astronomer, and is the observatory director for the Syracuse Astronomical Society. On dark clear weekend evenings he can frequently be found at the Astronomical Society’s observatory in Tully, New York where he operates the telescope and shows visitors the wonders of God’s creation in the night sky. His other activities include enjoying classical and baroque music, reading history, economics and politics, long distance running, downhill skiing, kayaking, photography, computers, woodworking, target shooting, hiking upstate New York trails, and cultivating his rose garden.