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Statement of Client's Rights and Responsibilities Changes

Please note the following amendments to the form Statement of Client's Rights and Responsibilities which is to be provided to a prospective client before representation begins.

Lawyer Wellness

Lawyer jokes are a dime a dozen, but the mental welfare of attorneys is no laughing matter. A recent study found that "between 21 and 36 percent qualify as problem drinkers, and that approximately 28 percent, 19 percent, and 23 percent are struggling with some level of depression, anxiety, and stress, respectively." Details of the study and a discussion of the path forward can be found here. In addition, check out this podcast from the Legal Executive Institute on addiction in the legal industry.

RCBA is planning a "Drop the Mic Night"

This will be an evening where our members can showcase their talents or just attend to enjoy and show support. The evening will be a great opportunity to bring your families and friends to mix and mingle in a casual atmosphere. This event is open to all members and their families. In addition to fun and talented performances, food and drink will be served. We are hosting this event at Superior Chocolates on South Avenue with a tentative date of March 30, 2019.

This event is being sponsored by RCBA, however, we will be selling tickets at a nominal fee with all proceeds benefiting the RCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project. Do not be shy, if you have a talent that you would like to share please contact Jesse Eisenberg, Dan Marotta, or Sheila McGinn, as soon as possible. Mark your calendars and plan on a fun night!

A job well done: Judge Meyer says goodbye after 35 years on the bench

Appointed by Mayor Koch in 1983, Judge Alan J. Meyer, has served our island community with distinction. He presided over our Drug Treatment Court since 1999, and was Staten Island’s first Criminal Court Supervising Judge since becoming the 13th Judicial District. Full coverage of Judge Meyer's esteemed career and retirement can be found here.

On The Move

The Law Firm of Kevin McKernan’s new address is 503 Mosely Avenue, Suite 2, Staten Island, NY 10312. All phone numbers remain the same: Tel: 718-317-5007. Fax: 718-317-2996. Vanessa Bellucci Markos, Esq., is Of Counsel.

St John's Law 2019 CLE Real Estate Law Weekend featuring Vincent Gallo, Esq., RCBA's Real Estate Committee chairman

The St. John's Law 2019 CLE Real Estate Law Weekend will also qualify the Attendee for 16 CLE credits for New Jersey and/or Pennsylvania. The flyer is HERE.

Staten Island Launches Innovative Court to Address Opioid Crisis

The New York City Criminal Court has designated a specialized part, AP7, to function as the Staten Island Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (HOPE) 2.0/Overdose Avoidance and Recovery (OAR) Court. HOPE 2.0 and OAR will work collaboratively to address substance use and overdose risk for individuals charged with misdemeanors. The Staten Island HOPE 2.0/OAR Court will operate on Wednesdays. New York City Criminal Court Judge Gerianne Abriano will preside over the specialized part. Read the full press release here and for coverage by the Staten Island Advance, click here.

Predatory Lending Tactic Curbed by Three New York state County Clerks

The Washington Post featured a story about clerks from Erie, Buffalo and Richmond counties and how they helped curb the use of confessions of judgment by predatory lenders. Click here for details.

Lanie r. fastman, esq. "Reflections on fair speech - Gender neutral language in the courts"

For a copy of the article – a bit of tongue in cheek commentary – about Gender Neutral Language in the court room, published in the NYLJ on December 27th, CLICK HERE.


Richard A. Rosenzweig, Esq., Chair of the RCBA Ethics Committee, published Ethics Opinion 40, which asks: "what is the responsibility of an attorney who, during litigation, learns that a signature previously challenged by his/her client on a will is a forgery, might actually be a legitimate signature?"