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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.

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