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Winter 2018 RCBA Journal

posted Feb 13, 2018, 8:10 AM by Lou Bara

The Winter 2018 edition of the RCBA journal is in the mail and available here.

Judge Straniere, Vincent Gallo, Cathy Schiavone, Mario DiRe (and others) - CLE Real Estate Law Weekend (Save the date)!

posted Jan 15, 2018, 4:34 PM by Pete Weinman


I have, once again, been entrusted with the honor and privilege of chairing the St. John's University School of Law 2018 CLE Real Estate Law Weekend which is a comprehensive 16 credit CLE Weekend Real Estate Law Seminar focusing exclusively on real estate law, "From Contract through Closing". The last few years that I have chaired this Program have proven to be an overwhelming success, with sell-out crowds, that I attribute primarily to the pro-active participation by the attendees. We are pleased to advise that this year’s Lecture is being offered under the auspices of the newly established Mattone Family Institute for Real Estate Law, which through the generosity of Joseph M. Mattone, Sr ’53, ‘55L, ‘93HON, the Institute makes a first-rate education in real estate law available to all St John’s Law students as well as CLE programming to practitioners, taking note of the rapidly-evolving world of real estate law in New York and beyond. I am, once again, pleased to advise that the Hon. Philip S. Straniere, Acting Supreme Court Justice and Supervising Judge of the Civil Court, will accompany me on the panel, together with Catherine Schiavone, Esq., Chief Clerk, Operations Group: Office of the Richmond County Clerk. New to the panel this year are Paul Malon, Esq., Senior VP & Senior Agency Counsel for Fidelity National Title Insurance, Mario DiRe, Esq., Chief Deputy County Clerk in the Office of the Richmond County Clerk, and Christopher Kidonakis, Esq., whose practice concentrates on real estate law. As many of you know, the Judge’s knowledge of real estate law is without equal as many of you know from his published decisions, and from having attended his prior lectures. Mr DiRe and Ms Schiavone will be able to provide invaluable insights as to matters involving recordings with the County Clerk and the City Register, which oftentimes perplex the most seasoned Real Estate Attorney. Mr Malon will be focusing on the daunting endeavor of understanding title insurance. Mr Kidonakis will be joining me in addressing the pitfalls of the day-to-day practice of real estate law. The lecture will, no doubt, be cutting edge and the materials will be as current as the day of the lecture. I intend to cover recent cases and other new matters involving the practice of real estate law in order that you, as real estate legal practitioners, may remain on the cutting edge of the law. I anticipate a highly inter-active dialogue on the topics that will be discussed. Furthermore, I will cover ethics as it affects Real Estate Legal Practitioners. A more formal announcement as to the details of the Program will be forthcoming shortly. For those of you who are interested in attending, please contact Claire C. McKeever, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and CLE at 718.990.6028 or by E-Mail at mckeevec@stjohns.edu or feel free to contact me directly at my contact information below.

In summary, the St. John's University School of Law 2018 CLE weekend, will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 (8:00AM – 5:15PM) and Sunday, February 11, 2018 (8:00AM – 3:15PM) at the Law School, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY. The entire weekend will qualify for 16 credits – 3 Ethics, 6 Skills and 7 Practice, for veteran and newly-admitted attorneys.  There will be breaks during the day and registration will include a Continental Breakfast and Lunch. Since I do have a wide latitude as to the topics, I have the luxury of focusing on those topics from the materials that the attendees consider important.  So feel free to E-Mail me with suggestions that you would like for me to focus on.  The materials are quite comprehensive, and they will be made available upon registration in hard copy format, in PDF format and on-line by a website link that will be provided to those Registrants who would prefer to view the materials directly from their laptop, their I-Pad, their I-Phone or other mobile device. Click the following link to access the brochure: St John’s 2018 CLE.

Telephone: 718.273.1699


posted Jan 9, 2018, 8:00 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 8:02 AM ]

There has been quite a bit of discussion about the new DFS title company regulations and how they will affect title companies and agencies. In December, there was a small meeting of a few local title agents and we thought it might be a good idea to have a larger meeting with as many local real estate attorneys as possible to discuss how the regulations will affect our client's title bills and us, as attorneys.

Amir Alishahi has been able to reserve some space upstairs at the Annadale Diner on Thursday, January 11th from 6 pm to 8 pm for us to meet and discuss the issue so we all know what to expect at future closings.

Please send me a quick email to let me know if you can attend so Amir can let the diner know how many people to expect.

Thanks - hope to see you Thursday night



1265 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10314
718-983-8555 Fax 718-983-7899

Judge Rajeswari on the latest NY Courts "Amici" Podcast

posted Jan 8, 2018, 12:24 PM by Lou Bara

It's hard to imagine a better "American Dream" story than that of Judge Raja Rajeswari, who grew up in a one-room home in India, emigrated to the United States at the age of 16, worked her way through college and law school and now proudly roams the Halls of Justice.

Listen to Judge Rajeswari on the latest "Amici" podcast: https://www.nycourts.gov/admin/amici/


Hon. Bettyanne Foley has Passed Away.

posted Jan 5, 2018, 7:58 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jan 6, 2018, 2:49 PM by Lou Bara ]


It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of Hon. Bettyanne Foley.  Please see the attached for the funeral arrangements. If you would like further information about how to donate to make a donation to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Judge Foley's name, please click HERE.

Judge Straniere Farewell - 12/21/17

posted Dec 11, 2017, 9:40 AM by Lou Bara

Paul Scano has Passed Away. (UPDATED).

posted Dec 6, 2017, 10:20 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 6:28 AM ]

Dear members, 

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the recent passing of Paul Scano.

Please see below for the information on the services for Paul Scano:

The wake for Paul is Sunday, December 10 1:00 PM-5:00 PM at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road, Freehold, NJ.

Funeral Service is Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 PM also at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home. 

Court Attorney-Referee Sharon Schwartz is Retiring.

posted Nov 29, 2017, 6:14 AM by Pete Weinman

Please join us for Coffee & Cake as we wish her much happiness & congratulations!

Monday, Dec 11, 2017, 3:30PM at Judge Kaplan's Courtroom, #210.  

2017 RCBA Holiday Party

posted Nov 20, 2017, 9:27 AM by Lou Bara

Click HERE for the Invite and RSVP

Farewell Justice Minardo

posted Nov 18, 2017, 5:53 PM by Lou Bara

For coverage of Justice Minardo's farewell roast, click here

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