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Sprint 2018 - President Crawford's Message.

posted Mar 19, 2018, 5:32 AM by Pete Weinman

 Dear Colleagues:

              I am somewhat surprised to find myself composing my last President’s message during my term as President of Richmond County Bar Association.  It has been a busy and productive year for the Association.  As I reflect back on all that has occurred since the beginning of my term, I feel extremely proud of what your Association has accomplished during the past year, which has been full of transition and change. 

             During the past year your Association moved its offices, hired our new administrative assistant Suzanne Vidal, upgraded and updated our communications with our members and welcomed new administration to both our Supreme and Civil Courts. 

             Your Association also worked extremely hard on your behalf this year.  We have been involved in advocating for our members in all of our Courts, making sure that your needs and concerns have been addressed.  Our Judiciary Committee has been active in helping to ensure that only qualified individuals are considered for judicial positions.  We have been involved with assisting our members who work on the 18B panels, in making sure your our concerns were raised in the recent changes in Housing Court and in supporting the New York State Bar on a number of different issues which effect lawyers here and throughout New York State.  There are other efforts too numerous to mention but no less important.  I remind all of you that your Association is here to support you, and as a member you are encouraged to let us know what we can do to address your needs and concerns. 

             One of my goals this year was to do more to bring newly admitted attorneys into our association.  We are fortunate to have our New Lawyers Committee reorganized and running under the leadership of its co-chairs, Jessie Eisenberg and Pamela Schwartz.  I encourage all of you to support this effort and to encourage our newly admitted attorneys to participate.  By doing so, we can ensure that our mission continues into the future and that the benefits and comradery that all of us experience are enjoyed going forward.

             Our CLE programs also continue to provide benefits to our members.  I particularly thank our co-chairs, Kerri Bringslid and Timothy O’Donovan for their efforts in this regard.  In this age of the “on-line” CLE, we sometimes forget the discourse and discussions which make the live lectures so valuable.  I encourage all of you to continue to support these programs. 

             Also, you be will receiving our notice of our annual meeting shortly.  I encourage all of you to attend that meeting and help elect the offices and directors who will guide your Association going forward as well as to participate the various committee reports and other information available therein.       

I further wish to thank the members of the Board of Directors and particularly the Executive Board  - ToniAnn Barone, Jay Duskin, William Barillari, Shelia McGinn and Christopher Caputo.  Without their assistance it would have been impossible for us to have had such a successful year.  Also, to all others whom I have not named personally but have helped in so many ways, thank you as well. 

             Finally, thank you all for the confidence you placed in me.  I have greatly enjoyed and been honored by leading this Association during the past year.  There are many new things in the works for next year, and I know l leave this Association in good hands going forward.





Fall 2017 - President Crawford's Message.

posted Sep 21, 2017, 5:41 AM by Pete Weinman

September 18, 2017

Dear Colleagues:         

I write this message as Fall rapidly approaches.  As Fall is often a time of change, so have there been many recent changes affecting our Association and the practice of law in Richmond County.

First, we welcome our new executive administrator, Suzanne Vidal.  Suzanne has been a great asset to both myself and the Board and has assisted us in all aspects of our operation.  We look forward to working with her well into the future.  You will learn more about Suzanne in her profile herein.

Further, as of August 1st we relocated our office from 152 Stuyvesant Place to 25 Hyatt Street on the 2nd floor.  Please feel free to stop by and visit the office while you are in St. George.  We hope to make the conference room in our new office available to our members for meetings, depositions, etc. in the near future for a nominal fee.

Another change is that our annual CLE event, which had been held in Last Vegas, will as hoped travel this year to New Orleans.  The dates have been set for January 12 – 14, 2018.  Special thanks to Kathleen Garrigan and Chris Caputo for their efforts in setting this up.  Look out for the details which will be distributed shortly.

Finally, there have obviously been some changes in the operation of our Courthouse and the administration thereof.  On behalf of the Association, we are committed to taking whatever steps we can to insure that the best interests of our members and the public are kept in consideration during this time of change.

In that regard, we are greatly disturbed by the report of surreptitious recording of conversations having been being made in the Courthouse.  As attorneys, we understand that without the ability to speak freely we would be unable to advocate for our clients.  The Courthouse should be a place where attorneys, court staff and the Judiciary are able to frankly discuss what may be sensitive matters without the fear of having conversations repeated, perhaps out of context.

We are unaware if this behavior was sanctioned in any way by the applicable governing bodies and hope that is not the case.  We believe it sets a dangerous precedent going forward and will affect the ability of the Court and counsel to respectively perform their roles and work towards their common goal, which is fairness and justice for the citizens of Richmond County.

As lawyers working in this County, we have much to be proud of.  We believe our bench and bar are the finest in this State.  We should all be reminded that while practicing here, we not only represent our clients or fulfill important jobs within the Court and/or legal system, but also that we represent our profession, our Bar Association, and this County.  Stay proud

 Very truly yours,


Allyn J. Crawford, President

2017 Spring - President Caputo.

posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:03 AM by Pete Weinman

President’s Message – 2017 Spring Edition


Dear Colleagues in Law:


I write this final post of my Presidential term with the utmost confidence that my successor President-Elect Allyn Crawford will continue to move our Bar Association forward in a positive manner and will successfully meet any and all challenges that may arise.


During my tenure, I have tried to emphasize the fact that we are a BAR Association and that we should highlight the attorneys, both individually and as a whole, at every opportunity that arises.  In that regard, I would like to highlight several of our members who deserve our recognition.


Members of the Grievance Committee - Claire Cody Miller and Victor Carasaniti are the long-standing co-chairs of the committee of which Richard Corash serves as Chairman Emeritus.  Along with the twelve other committee members, this group works tirelessly to fully investigate the truth of all alleged claims made against the attorneys of Richmond County.  Their work is performed with the utmost discreetness and professionalism and all practitioners in our county owe them a debt of gratitude.


William J. Frew, Jr. – Bill’s recognition is overdue as he retired awhile ago from his long tenure as Chair of the Judiciary Committee.  Under his stewardship, the reputation of this important committee was elevated throughout the City of New York as was the reputation of our association as a whole.


Harold J. Siegel – Harold was also an important member of and contributor to the Judiciary Committee for more years than I can personally remember.  The association is grateful for all of the time that he volunteered to ensure that our county was served by the best judicial candidates.


Paul F. Scano – Paul served as Chair of the Lawyers Assistance Committee for a countless number of years, serving as the liaison for those among us who needed a helping hand.  This is truly a calling and our Association was fortunate to have had such a steady and caring hand to reach out to.


Ronald Castorina, Jr. – Ron served this Association loyally as a Director and Chair of several committees.  In April 2016, while serving his latest term, he was elected to the New York State Assembly in a special election.  He is the first Director of the RCBA to be elected to public office.  As his new position brings with it increased time constraints and responsibilities, Kathleen Garrigan has been appointed to complete his term.  However, Ron remains a valued advisor to the Board, a respected ambassador for our Association and is recognized on our letterhead for his achievement.


As you can see, our Association is blessed to have individuals like those recognized above.  By no means is this a closed list as the Association continues each day to be the recipient of wonderful work, contributions and advice by so many of our members.  All on a volunteer basis and the majority without any public recognition.  On behalf of the Association, I sincerely thank you all.


On February 27th, the Board hosted President Clare Gutenkast of the New York State Bar Association and her President-Elect Sharon Stern Gerstman.  We were joined by our invited guests, our Past Presidents and our local judiciary.  To have the State Bar President, a group of 75,000 members, take time out of her very busy schedule to visit our local bar association for a discussion is a direct result of the work of our Association representatives at the state bar level.  They have raised our profile tremendously on a state wide level and our Association is better for it.


Our Night of Nostalgia was held on March 9th at the Staaten.  For the first time, the event was opened up to the entire membership and it resulted in a large, and quite lively, turnout.  Receiving “surprise” honors that night were Lannie Fastman, long time event organizer Joseph O’Shea and Past President James Dollard.  I encourage all members to attend this truly enjoyable evening of laughs.  And if you were unable to attend, I encourage you to go to our website to view one of the mini-videos created, directed and produced by Director Anthony Mascolo.


We have held two sessions to date as we make progress toward completion of the first photo member compilation since 2004.  We have heard the concerns of some members who were unable to attend the first two and will do our best to accommodate those who haven’t been photographed to date with a more convenient time and place.


Thank you for the opportunity in allowing me to serve as your President this past year.  It has been an honor to not only lead this membership, but simply to be associated with the Officers and Directors who have served with me.  Their job performance, professionalism and proficiency made my job that much easier.  In other words, they made me look good at every event and I’ll be forever grateful.




Christopher Caputo

Law Office of Christopher Caputo, P.C.

1860 Clove Road

Staten Island, N.Y. 10304

Ph:  (718) 420-0750

Fx:  (718) 420-0780

Email:  chris@ccaputo.com 






2016 Winter. President Caputo.

posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:02 AM by Pete Weinman

President’s Message – 2016-17 Winter Edition


Dear Colleagues in Law:


As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun.  It is already six months into my term with only six more months left.  And what a term it has been already.  Since my last message, we have held several Association events which were, in a word, outstanding!


The Tennis and Golf Outing (you’re welcome Judge Gigante) was held on October 6th at the Richmond County Country Club and once again proved to be a huge success.  In what I believe was a record number of tennis players, 45 persons took to the courts on a day where the skies were sunny and temperature was in the 60’s.  If you weren’t there to experience it first hand, check out SILive and see the photos that were published from that day.  Not to be outdone, 72 golfers took to the manicured course to enjoy the beautiful day and the wonderful camaraderie. With over 130 people reconvening for dinner later that evening, it was truly a wonderful event.  Many thanks go out to all of the men and women who served on the respective committees and who worked so hard to ensure our success.


On November 11th, we held a CLE at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We had over 30 people attend the four credit seminar and over 55 people in total at our dinner later that evening held at Carmines Restaurant in Caesars Palace.  I wish I could tell you more about the trip but you know that old saying………………….. I will say that our trip did receive some publicity as the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a paper distributed for free in Supreme Court Kings County, did a feature story along with some photos.  I encourage you all to check out the papers archives online to see it.


Our annual Holiday Party was held on December 14th at Above, located at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Once again, through the hard work of our party committee, the generosity of our sponsors and, in particular, the leadership of our President-Elect Allyn Crawford, we proudly hosted approximately 350 people for an evening of dining, dancing, laughs and holiday cheer.  Thank you to all of the Court employees who attended in allowing us show you a small measure of how grateful and appreciative we are for the work each of you do each day.


In upcoming news, under the suggestion of President-Elect Crawford, we have undertaken the task of creating a composite photo of the entire membership as well as our Judiciary.  The last composite photo was done in 2004 and, if memory serves me correctly, it was only accomplished through the Herculean efforts of our Editor, Hon. Matthew Sciarrino, Jr., the then principal court attorney for Hon. Joseph J. Maltese at the Homeport Annex.  This time around, we have hired a photographer and will be setting up a schedule with convenient locations for our members to be photographed.  I look forward to completing this project and contributing to the legacy of our past membership photographic compilations.


Finally, it is now 2017 and you have probably received your dues notice.  Our membership ranks continue to increase and I urge you all to not only renew but to also get involved.  Let this year be the year that you decide to share your considerable talents with our membership.  Our office is always open to those members who have something to contribute.  And the RCBA Lawyer Referral Service is a wonderful way to allow us to help you.  For only $25 a year, you will not only be helping serve the legal needs of the community but you will have access to a service that receives approximately 200 or more calls a year from prospective clients spanning all of the various legal concentrations.  Don’t hesitate and sign up now when you remit your dues!


On behalf of myself, our Executive Director Elisa Lefkowitz and the Officers and Directors, I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017.





Christopher Caputo

Law Office of Christopher Caputo, P.C.

1860 Clove Road

Staten Island, N.Y. 10304

Ph:  (718) 420-0750

Fx:  (718) 420-0780

Email:  chris@ccaputo.com 




2016 Summer - President Christopher Caputo's Introductory Message.

posted Aug 8, 2016, 6:52 AM by Pete Weinman

Dear Colleagues in Law:


It is my distinct pleasure to serve as the 63rd President of the Richmond County Bar Association. I assume this leadership position with excitement and energy, ready to continue the proud tradition started by our Association’s first President Eugene L. Richards in 1909 and carried so capably forward by our immediate Past President Daniel C. Marotta.  I am very happy to report that as we transition from our 107th year of existence into our 108th year, the state of the Association is extremely strong thanks in no small part to Past President Marotta’s able stewardship. We are on sound financial footing, we have solid numbers in membership which continue to grow and we are blessed with a talented Board of Directors and Executive Board. All of these individuals give generously of their time to ensure that the needs of the attorneys in Richmond Coun Our Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, un-ersation

2015 Summer - President Marotta

posted Aug 6, 2015, 6:06 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Aug 6, 2015, 6:09 AM ]

Dear friends

I am honored to serve as the 62nd president of the Richmond County Bar Association. In addition to the delayed opening of the new courthouse, we have many challenges  that  face  our  great  organization. I pledge to serve as your advocate for the next year to take whatever steps that  I  can  to  protect  lawyers,  safeguard our members, and build upon the some 100 years of tradition

that we enjoy here at RCBA. I can assure you that I have no reservations whatsoever in asking hard questions and addressing difficult issues, whether they are in Albany, on Beaver Street or here in our backyard. We will continue to monitor proposed insurance regulation 208 and  other  coming  changes  in  the  real  estate  industry,  always wary of how lawyers may be adversely affected, and what we can do to protect against imprudent incursions on our profession. We  will  also  continue  to  monitor  the  implementation  of  the Uniform Bar Exam, and the New York online course portion. New York has long been the gold standard for attorney competency, and we have a responsibility to ensure that our profession is not cheapened in any way. The  unauthorized practice of law has been rampant throughout this borough as well as throughout the City and State of New York. As a Bar Association, and as a profession, we need to step up and do more to protect lawyers and to protect the public. Board member Ron Castorina has agreed to accept the responsibility of this challenge, and will chair our Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. Ron needs committee members who  are  in  tune  with  this  serious  issue, and able to take action on our behalf. If you  have  reports  of  paralegals,  process servers  or  others  preparing  legal  documents,  appearing  in  court  or  otherwise performing  legal  services,  I  beg  you  to contact Ron or myself immediately with any particulars that you can gather. We promise to act upon them swiftly and severely. I’ve also asked another board member, Orin Cohen, to revitalize our Membership Benefits Committee. Orin has agreed to do what he can to secure and solidify the panoply of benefits that you as members currently enjoy, and expand upon opportunities  and  partnerships  with  hotels,  restaurants,  car  rentals, insurance  and  software  producers  that  other  bar  associations enjoy. We also ask that if you or another attorney member are interested in participating, that you contact Orin or myself immediately. Our Annual Golf [and Tennis] Outing is scheduled for October 1, 2015at the RCCC. Please mark your calendars and plan to take  the  day  to  enjoy  the  surprises  we  have  planned  for  this premier event. Also, I ask that you take a moment to visit the new and improved website at www.thercba.com which has a tremendous amount of resources attached to it as well as a listing of upcoming events. Being a lawyer is no easy calling, especially while we linger in a  less  than  dynamic  economic  climate.  Technology  demands that  we  change  how  we  run  our  offices  and  conduct  our  everyday business. This Bar Association will band together with others, to push to make sure that the integrity of our profession is preserved, respected and nurtured. In the interim, I hope you enjoy the summer months, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any issue that you may have, to talk, or to just offer to lend a hand. 

Best Regards,

Daniel C. Marotta, Esq.

G A B O R & M A R O T T A LLC l


TEL: (718) 390-0555 l FAX: (718) 390-9886

12 WEST 21st STREET - 5th FLOOR l NEW YORK, NY 10010

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Spring 2015, President Fitzpatrick

posted Mar 22, 2015, 2:21 PM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 7:40 AM by Lou Bara ]

As I sit here writing my 4th and final President’s Message, I want to convey that it has truly been an honor and privilege to serve this Association as your 61st President.

On March 2nd, the Board of Directors, RCBA delegates to the New York State Bar Association, the Past Presidents of our Association and the Judiciary of Richmond County had the pleasure of dining with Glenn Lau-Kee, Esq., President of the NYSBA, which has become an annual event.  This event gives our Association the opportunity to discuss important and pressing issues with the NYSBA President in an informal setting that affect our livelihoods as attorneys.  At this year’s dinner, we were able to discuss the amendment to the mandatory pro bono reporting requirements, as well as the proposed adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination by NYS, which has been opposed by our Board of Directors.  It was also suggested to Glenn Lau-Kee, Esq. that maybe he can push for an 18-b panel to handle consumer credit cases in the Civil Court, since a majority of the litigants in those cases appear Pro Se; an idea he took quite an interest in.

I wish to advise our Members of some upcoming dates and events:

Mid-April – as I write this message, I have been advised that the new Courthouse should be opening (hopefully) in mid-April;

May 7th – Law Day will be celebrated in Judge McMahon’s Courtroom, and this year’s theme is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law?”  All are encouraged to attend and participate;

May 7th – our Annual Dinner will be held at the Hilton Hotel.  This year’s Honoree is the Honorable Joseph J. Maltese.  The recipient of the Richard D. Lasher Meritorious Service Award will be Claire Cody Miller, Esq.  Please come out and support our Honorees;

June 2nd – our Annual Meeting and Elections to be held at the Staaten.  There are 5 positions open for the position of Director, as well as the office of Treasurer.  As I stated in my 1st Message, our Association is only as powerful as the dedication and efforts of our members.  As such, I encourage all of you to become involved and active in our Association.  Not only will you find it to be rewarding, but you may develop friendships that will last a lifetime, as I have found.

On behalf of all of our members, I want to express our deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family of Judge Robert Collini, who passed away at an early age in March.  Judge Collini, a respected jurist and advocate, will be truly missed by all, including our Staten Island legal community and family.


Respectfully submitted,

Christopher J. Fitzpatrick, Esq.

Winter 2015, President Fitzpatrick

posted Mar 22, 2015, 2:20 PM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 7:40 AM by Lou Bara ]

Greetings!!! First, I would like to wish all of our members a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year in 2015.

In recent developments, we have been advised by Glenn Lau-Kee, Esq., President of the New York State Bar Association, that the Office of Court Administration issued a statement on December 18, 2014. Said statement reads, in pertinent part, as follows:

Today the Administrative Board of the Courts unanimously approved modifications to the mandatory pro bono reporting framework in New York, consistent with the recommendations of Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti and NYS Bar Association President Glenn Lau-Kee that were an outgrowth of their recent discussions on the subject.

The earlier rule that had taken effect in May, 2013 required attorneys to report their pro bono hours and charitable donations to legal service organizations when completing their biennial registration forms.

However, the Administrative Board of the Courts adopted a resolution to amend the earlier rule as follows:

· Attorneys are still required to report their pro bono hours and charitable donations, but will do so on an anonymous basis;

· Such information will be made available to the public on an aggregate basis only;

· The Courts will broaden pro bono and public service categories on the reporting form;

· All reported pro bono information submitted prior to the resolution change will be designated as strictly confidential.

The above changes were recommended by the House of Delegates of the NYS Bar Association at its November, 2014 meeting.

The Board of Directors of the RCBA will be meeting with Glenn Lau-Kee, Esq. this coming February, and will have ample opportunity to discuss these changes in greater detail.

Lastly, as most of you already know, Justice Leonard P. Rienzi recently retired in December. On behalf of the RCBA, we would like to thank Judge Rienzi for his years of dedicated service to the Staten Island legal community. We wish him nothing but happiness in his retirement years.

Respectfully submitted,
Christopher J. Fitzpatrick, Esq.

Fall 2014, President Fitzpatrick

posted Sep 22, 2014, 6:24 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 7:39 AM by Lou Bara ]

The Annual summer meeting of the New York State Bar Association was held this past June in Cooperstown, New York.  The hot topic before the Association’s legislative body, the House of Delegates, centered around the mandatory pro bono reporting requirements.

As previously reported to you, the courts have enacted Section 118.1(e)(14) of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, which requires lawyers to state under oath in their biennial registration form the number of hours spent providing voluntary legal services to poor and underserved clients, as well as the amount of voluntary financial contributions made to organizations primarily or substantially engaged in providing legal services to the poor and underserved.  This rule was enacted without any input or suggestions from the NYSBA, or any of the county bar associations for that matter.

At the June meeting, a prior resolution of the NYSBA Executive Committee was again brought before the House of Delegates for further debate, and a potential vote.  Said resolution states, in relevant part, as follows:  “that the Association reiterates and reaffirms its opposition to mandatory reporting of pro bono services and mandatory reporting of financial contributions to organizations engaged in providing legal services to the poor and underserved and shall continue to express its opposition to such mandatory reporting, and shall pursue such other and further actions as may be appropriate for the purpose of achieving the repeal of Rule 118.1(e)(14) of the Rules of the Chief Administrator.”

After further discussion and debate, the vote on the resolution was ultimately postponed until the November 1, 2014 meeting at the urging and request of NYSBA President Glenn Lau-Kee, who informed the delegates that he was engaged in on-going discussions and/or negotiations with Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti, in an attempt to resolve the parties’ impasse on this very sensitive subject matter.

As previously stated, we, as lawyers, truly understand the serious unmet needs of the indigent, and give of ourselves voluntarily on a regular basis, in some form or another.  However, our desire to provide volunteer services should not be subject to the pressures of mandatory reporting requirements.

 I intend to keep you all informed of any further developments concerning this issue as I become privy to same. 


Respectfully Submitted,

Christopher J. Fitzpatrick

Spring 2014, President Fitzpatrick

posted Aug 7, 2014, 11:51 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 7:39 AM by Lou Bara ]

It is truly an honor and privilege to have become the next President of the Richmond County Bar Association.

I have been practicing law for 19+ years, and of those years, I have served this Association, either as a Director or Officer, for the past eleven years. I am now entering my 12th year as your President.

I am a member of the law firm of Jacobi, Sieghardt, Bousanti, Piazza & Fitzpatrick, P.C., having started in the firm as an associate in June, 1999. My now partners taught me that our Association is only as powerful as the dedication and efforts of its members, as well as the value of this Association to our role as practicing attorneys.

As President of this Association, I have some big shoes to fill, not only in following our immediate Past President, Thomas Hall, but the Past Presidents that came directly out of my law firm; namely, Sidney Jacobi and Clelia D’Alessandro, the founders of my firm, Judge Pasquale BiFulco, Mordecai J. Jacobi, George A. Sieghardt, Mark Piazza, and Grace Mattei, who became President after she had left the firm to open her own practice, but who worked for the firm of “Jacobi, Sieghardt” as an associate for a number of years.

For those of you that don’t know, the Mission Statement of our Association reads as follows: “The Richmond County Bar Association is dedicated to advancing its members’ professional development, promoting the highest standards of excellence in the practice of law and facilitating access to legal services for the Richmond County community.” It is an Association that was founded by attorneys for promoting the interests and development of attorneys. As such, I am here to work for you, our members. As President, I have no intention of reinventing the proverbial wheel, but instead simply want to keep our Association pointed in the right direction.

My goals for the coming year are simple. First, I will continue to work closely with the NYSBA in opposing the mandatory reporting requirements being imposed by the Office of Court Administration, requiring attorneys to report pro bono services and financial contributions to organizations engaged in providing legal services to the poor and underserved. Instead, I believe it is necessary to explore other alternatives and options. As lawyers, we understand the serious unmet needs of the indigent, and we give of ourselves voluntarily on a regular basis. However, our desire to give volunteer services should not be subject to the pressures of coercive reporting requirements.

Second, I will continue to look to expand the efforts of our Volunteer Lawyers Project, that is spearheaded by our very own Sheila McGinn. This Project assists qualified homeowners in defending foreclosure actions, and helps many of these individuals procure loan modifications, enabling them to remain in their homes.

Third, I will seek to involve all of our members, both young and old, in our various committees, activities and Bar functions. I want all of our members involved, and I want everyone in our Association to have a voice.

Next, I look forward to working with the Judiciary to ensure a smooth transition into the new Richmond County Courthouse, which is slated to open sometime in September. As with every new venture or beginning, there are always growing pains and kinks that need to be ironed out. At that time, if you, our members, have any comments or concerns, I want to hear them, so that we can properly address them with the Judiciary.

Finally, with the assistance of the other Officers, as well as our capable Board of Directors, we are ready to tackle any new issues that are expected to arise in the coming year.

I would like to thank Thomas Hall, our immediate Past President, for his hard work and dedication this past year. You are a true professional in every sense of the word, and you always had the best interests of our members in mind during your Presidency.

Finally, I look forward to working for you, our members, and look forward to working with the Judiciary to accomplish all of our intended goals.

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