The Richmond County Bar Association (RCBA) sponsored a Welcoming reception for New York. State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Seymour .lames on February 27, 2013. President James detailed the efforts of the RCBA and the NYSBA in assisting "the victims of Superstorm Sandy. " I further advised that a great deal of work will be required in the not. to distant future as insurance claims and foreclosures were likely to increase as a result of the storm.
At the reception, the NYSBA Delegates from the Thirteenth Judicial District and the NYSBA Delegates from the RCBA advised the RCBA Board of Directors that since the formation of the Thirteenth Judicial District Richmond County has received a greater number of "NYSBA Delegates. As a direct result, Richmond County has an increased profile at the NYSBA meetings and has played a larger role in expressing the concerns of attorneys and litigants from Richmond County.
On January 17, 2013, The Honorable Judith McMahon, the RCBA, the Staten Island Trial Lawyers and the Staten Island Women’s Bar Association, held a forum for local high schools. At the forum, the students were able to View an arraignment calendar, listen to a victim's impact statement, and be advised of the legal ramifications of drunken driving and cyber-bullying.
As we look forward, the next few months will be busy as We are in the process of planning Law Day on Wednesday, May I, 2013 with the program lo be held in Judge McMahon’s Courtroom. Anthony Bisignano, Esq. will serve as Chairman of the event as he has for many years. Members of the RCBA are welcomed to attend! The RCBA will be holding the Annual Banquet at the Staten Island Hilton on Thursday, May 9, 2013. This year we will Honor Justice William F. Mastro, Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, as the Honoree of the Year and We also will acknowledge James L. Kelley, Esq. with the Richard D. Lasher Meritorious Service Award.
As this is the last President’s message of the RCBA calendar year, much appreciation is extended to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for their efforts in meeting our goals of increasing our membership and in Continuing to strengthen the RCBAÜS financial Standing.
Thomas A. Sipp, Esq.