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posted Nov 30, 2016, 7:09 AM by Lou Bara

The RCBA's Vegas CLE was covered by the Brooklyn Eagle.  Check it out here.

Marjorie R. Steinberg, Esq's Mother, Ruth Steinberg, has passed.

posted Nov 29, 2016, 5:23 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Nov 29, 2016, 7:31 AM ]

I am sad to announce that Marjorie Steinberg's mother, Ruth Steinberg, died on November 27, 2016. She will be laid to rest in Florida, but Marjorie's family will be sitting shiva in Staten Island Friday, before 6, Saturday after 6, and all day Sunday. Contact Elisa at the Bar Association, 718 442 4500, for the address info. Donations in her memory can be sent to JCC of si 1466 manor road, si 10314 for PJ Library.

Jay S. Duskin, Esq.'s sister and Hon. Karen Wolff's sister-in-law, Joy Paula Duskin, has passed,

posted Nov 29, 2016, 5:06 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Nov 29, 2016, 5:49 AM ]

Dear Members:

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Jay S. Duskin, Esq.'s sister, Joy Paula Duskin passed away yesterday morning.

The Memorial Service and Shiva will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Temple Israel Reform Congregation, 315 Forest Ave., 10301.  
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. will be the memorial service followed by the shiva in the social hall of the temple.  The family will be receiving people until 6 p.m. at the temple.

Mentorship Program

posted Nov 18, 2016, 7:52 AM by Lou Bara

Our organization is unlike any other, mainly because of the people and relationships established on Staten Island.  It is absolutely delightful to hear the stories told of days gone by and good times had by many of our seasoned attorneys.  While we can appreciate that times do change and technology has certainly had an influence on the younger generation, the RCBA would like to bring back the Mentorship Program to bridge the gap between the wiser and experienced, with that of the new and upcoming attorneys.  The time commitment is as much or as little as you would like it to be and more importantly, it will be a rewarding experience in that you can help foster the love of law and its practice for generations to come.    

We are asking for your help to kick-start this program.  If you are interested in volunteering to be a mentor, please contact Irini Bekhit directly and provide her with all of your contact information and your areas of practice.

If you are an attorney that would like to be paired up with a mentor, please contact Irini as soon as possible.  There is no requirement as to the number of years that you must be admitted to the bar.  This is a great way to network and have local friendly resources that are willing to help you along your legal path.  More importantly, it is a way to step outside your comfort zone and make some new friends.

Irini Bekhit, Esq.







Jeff Alfano Featured in Staten Island Advance

posted Nov 17, 2016, 5:28 AM by Lou Bara

Click HERE to read the Staten Island Advance's profile of Jeff and his new firm.

Judge Gigante's 2016 Teddy Bear Drive.

posted Nov 14, 2016, 12:52 PM by Pete Weinman

It's that time of year again!!!!  See the attached flyer HERE.

Veterans Court Opens in Staten Island

posted Nov 9, 2016, 9:59 AM by Lou Bara   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

New York – Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks today joined Richmond County Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters Stephen J. Rooney, Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon and other officials to inaugurate the borough’s first court tailored to veterans involved in the justice system who may be suffering from addiction, mental illness or co-occurring disorders. The Richmond County Veterans Court (RCVC) will link eligible veteran-offenders to treatment and services in an effort to divert them from incarceration.

 The new court is a collaborative effort of New York’s state court system, the Richmond County District Attorney’s office, the local defense bar, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, local veterans service organizations, local treatment providers, Workforce1 and the College of Staten Island, among others.

 In addition to providing veteran-offenders access to treatment for substance abuse, PTSD and other combat-related disorders, the RCVC will also offer a range of support services to address associated problems, such as unemployment and homelessness. To promote participants’ success, the court will incorporate the use of peer mentors − military veterans who volunteer their time to offer justice-involved veterans support and motivation as they navigate the legal process and the challenges of re-integration to civilian life.

 “As Veterans Day nears, we are especially pleased to announce a new problem-solving court in Staten Island whose customized approach recognizes the unique challenges faced by our returning servicemen and women, who have risked so much for our safety and freedom,” said Chief Administrative Judge Marks. “The Richmond County Veterans Court will address the root causes of criminal behavior, ensuring that eligible veterans who have addiction problems, PTSD or other disorders related to their military service receive the treatment, services and support they need to turn their lives around. I commend District Attorney McMahon, the defense bar, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and our other partners for their outstanding efforts in bringing this court to fruition.”

 “There is no greater sacrifice than serving one’s country and my office is committed to honoring and respecting our nation’s veterans by ensuring that their needs are met within the criminal justice system. The new Richmond County Veteran’s Court will offer an alternative to incarceration to veterans accused of committing non-violent crimes, and provide customized tools, treatment and peer mentorship in order to help move them into a better life. I am proud to partner with the Office of Court Administration to open this treatment court, which will be a lifeline – and a lifesaver – for veterans who need it the most,” said Richmond County District Attorney McMahon.

  “Richmond County joins the growing movement to use our justice system to help our veterans. Our men and women stepped forward to protect our country, but military experience can have a lasting impact long after the service is done. Veterans Court provides treatment and mentoring, with accountability to veterans who are struggling that will benefit veterans and our community,” said Christopher Pisciotta, attorney in charge, Richmond County Office, Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Practice.

 “I am very pleased about the opening of the Veterans Court in Staten Island. As with the Veterans Courts that have already opened in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan, VA and its partners in this initiative are proud to support veterans who have become entangled with the criminal justice system. These courts help veterans gain the treatment they need and benefit from a second chance at a productive life,” said Martina Parauda, director, VA NY Harbor Healthcare System.

 All service veterans, regardless of combat history or discharge status, will be considered for acceptance into the RCVC. Both misdemeanor and felony cases will be considered. Veterans will be identified through evidence-based screening and assessments made by clinical and legal staff.

 The presiding judge, the prosecutor’s office, the veteran and his or her attorney, as well as any appropriate clinical staff, must be unanimous in the decision to formally accept a justice involved veteran into the RCVC. Every RCVC participant will be evaluated to determine their eligibility for any additional veterans’ benefits, including health care, housing benefits and educational aid. Clinical input from treatment providers and the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs will inform the duration of services. Upon successful completion of the program, participants may have their charges reduced or dismissed. Judge Rooney, a veteran himself, will preside over the RCVC.

CLE Opportunity

posted Nov 2, 2016, 7:15 AM by Lou Bara

The RCBA/Surrogate's Court Committee will be having a CLE on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. at the Surrogate's Courtroom, Room 202, 18 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY  10301.

The Moderator will be John Peter Sipp, Esq.

Speakers:  Hon. John M. Czygier, Jr., Surrogate of Suffolk County

Topic: "Consequences of Keeping and Losing Wills"

Blanche Christerson, Esq.

Topics: Estate Planning under a new President and New Estate Planning Concepts of Tax Basis and Valuation Issues.

This program will qualify for 2.00 CLE credits in Professional Practice and 1.00 CLE credits in Professional  Ethics.

The cost for members is $75.00

          Pay at door members: $90

          Non-Members: $125

This is a transitional course - MCLE credit valid for all attorneys including newly admitted attorneys

Attached, please find a CLE flyer which will also be mailed out by regular mail.

UPDATE: RCBA Holiday Party

posted Nov 2, 2016, 7:07 AM by Lou Bara

The RCBA's Annual Holiday Party will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Above Rooftop, Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave., SI, NY.

Attached, please find the flyer which will be mailed out as well.

RCBA Members $125. Court Personnel are Free. Sponsorships: $250.00

FREE CLE Opportunity: Basic CLARO Training on Nov 14, 2016.

posted Oct 24, 2016, 8:43 AM by Pete Weinman

It's taking place at the Brooklyn Bar Association. See the attached flyer:

For the Flyer, click HERE.


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