President's Message

Presidents Message

Published in the spring 2019 journal

Dear Members,

It is hard for me to believe that this is my last President’s Message and that my term is coming to an end. It has truly been a privilege and an honor to represent you over this past year. The experiences that I have had with you as individuals, meeting with members of the judiciary, community groups and community leaders has been very impactful, not only upon me personally, but also as a practicing attorney. It is really amazing that life, like the practice of law, is dynamic. There are always new people to meet and new things to learn. I have truly benefited from these experiences. I have forged many new professional avenues, personal friendships and respected professional collaborations, for this I am very grateful.

I recently met with Judge Green to discuss the assignments of our new Judges and the steps that will be taken to assist the attorneys. Judge Green recognizes that the Courts and their parts are in different buildings with potential conflicts as to location and calendar days. He has assured me that the Judges will cooperate with managing calendar days and scheduling of matters to attempt to avoid conflicts and recognize that we may need to run between Courthouses to make our appearances. Please be mindful of this when you schedule your court dates. Also, please be sure to be vigilant with Court Ordered deadlines. If you have any issues, please reach out to Judge Green and let him know. The bot- tom line is that we are expected to be prepared.

I also had the opportunity to meet with Judge Titone to discuss Standards and Goals, which will be implemented in Surrogate’s Court. At this time, Judge Titone is working with the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge DiFiore and our input will be considered. We will keep you advised as these Standards and Goals are being formulated and finalized. Most importantly, Judge Titone wishes to remind all of us that if we need any assistance with any Surrogate’s Court matters that we should feel free to reach out to him and to the Clerk’s office.

I also had the opportunity to meet with Judge Titone to discuss Standards and Goals, which will be implemented in Surrogate’s Court. At this time, Judge Titone is working with the Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge DiFiore and our input will be considered. We will keep you advised as these Standards and Goals are being formulated and finalized. Most importantly, Judge Titone wishes to remind all of us that if we need any assistance with any Surrogate’s Court matters that we should feel free to reach out to him and to the Clerk’s office.

Please mark your calen- dars for Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. to join in a service to be held in The Surrogate’s Courtroom, in which Vietnam Veterans will be presenting Judge Titone with a POW/MIA flag to commemorate Vietnam Veteran’s Day. In 2008, Senator Lanza and Judge Titone who was then a State Assemblyman, authored the legislation (S6472-2008), to forever designate March 29th as Vietnam Veterans’ Day in New York State. This is now also a nationally recognized Day.

Our Richmond County Supreme Court House at 18 Richmond Terracewas 100 years old on February 5, 2019! I am so pleased to have been asked to be a part of the Committee to organize the Centennial Celebration which will take place on November 1, 2019. Plans are underway for that day, with hopes of scheduling the Appellate Division 2nd Department to hold their cal- endar here and a formal cere- mony to include Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. Along with the Richmond County bar Association, the New York State Office of Court Administration, New York State and the Staten Island Historical Society will be a part of the planning and ceremony. This promises to be a spectacular event. Please mark your calendar, details to follow!

There are new rules and requirements for the filing of Appeals and our Executive Board was invited to meet the presiding Jus- tices of the Appellate Division for the State of New York. Three of the four presiding justices were present. We were advised that practicing attorneys should visit each Department’s website to review the new rules and requirements. Most importantly, we were told not to hesitate to contact the Ap- pellate Division clerks, as they are willing and happy to assist us in understanding and following the new requirements.

I was asked to meet with law students at the College of Staten Island as part of a lunch and learn. I was joined by Judge Green, Judge Colon, Judge Titone, Judge Rajeswari, Sheila McGinn, Esq. and Eve Newman, Esq. We were given the opportunity to sit with students, answer questions and advise them as to the many different opportunities and pathways that can lead one to become an attor- ney, as well as the different areas of practice. It was very encouraging to meet with these students and be able to foster their enthusiasm and give them guid- ance as to how to move forward to become a practicing attorney. Thank you to Irini Bekhit, Esq. for organizing the event and inviting us to be a part of it.

Exciting news for our 2020 Destination CLE, I am currently in the process of finalizing details for this to take place in Rome, Italy. We are looking at a beautiful boutique hotel in the storied neighborhood of Trastevere. The departure date will be March 31, 2020. A package is being put together for a 5 day trip, which will include airport transfers, welcome reception, hotel with breakfast, CLE, a day trip to Spello, a beautiful town in Umbria with lunch with a wine tasting, dinner and airport transfers. An add-on package will be avail- able if you wish to extend your stay. Once the details have been finalized, they will be for- warded to you. Please keep in mind that there will be a minimum attendance requirement for the trip to take place. A deadline will be provided when a deposit must be paid. The specifics will be forwarded shortly.

As a reminder, please be sure that you have paid your dues for 2019, you can do so by mailing payment to the RCBA office or by visiting out website, www.thercba.com. Please mark your calendars to attend out Annual Meeting at the Staten Island on Wednesday,May 8, 2019. Voting will open at 5:30 with the Annual Meeting to follow thereafter with buffet dinner. Our Annual Gala will take place once again at the Hilton on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Please be sure to keep up with your emails and visit our website, so 6 that you are advised of our upcoming events. Your continued support and participation is greatly appreciated.

Words cannot express my thanks to all of you for allowing me this opportunity to serve as your President. Everything I did during my term was due to the collaborative efforts of my Executive Board and my Board of Directors. I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such great individuals, colleagues and friends. Your assistance, ideas and support were invaluable!

This has been a humbling experience and the time I have spent working with each and every one of you will always have a very special meaning for me. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with any questions, concerns or ideas.

Mille Grazie a Tutti!

Respectfully Submitted,

Toni Ann Barone, Esq.

President, RCBA

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