2018 Posts

Judge gigante honored

Surrogate Court Judge Robert Gigante was honored on November 19, 2018 with a portrait unveiling. For full coverage and photos click here.

Staten island women's bar association holiday gala


The annual Staten Island Women's Bar Association holiday gala was covered in the Advance. Click here for full coverage and photos from the event.

RCBA HOLIDAY PARTY PICS

Click here to access the photos from the 2018 RCBA Holiday Party!

justice ROONEY honored


Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Rooney was honored on November 29, 2018 for his service and as head of Veterans' Court. For full coverage and photos click here.

Richard J. Sgarlato has passed

Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation

Scarpaci Funeral Home, located at 6389 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY

Thursday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Mass

St. Teresa’s Church, located at 1634 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY

Saturday 9:30 a.m.

William Frew’s mother-in-law, Irene Pollutro, has passed

Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Harmon Funeral Home 571 Forest Avenue Staten Island, New York 10310

Mass

Wednesday, December 19th at 10:30 am Holy Rosary Church 80 Jerome Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Joan Nerlino's mother, Josephine Nerlino. Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.

Matthew Funeral Home , 2508 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314

Mass

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 am at St. Rita's RC Church, 281 Bradley Avenue

Staten Island, New York 10314

The holiday season is upon us and so is the annual Holiday Teddy Bear Drive. Contributions are due no later than December 7th. See the flyer for details.

The memorial for Steve is being held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10 AM at Harmon Funeral Home, located at 571 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310.

The Shiva is being held at the Staten Island Hilton, located at 1100 South Avenue, also on Friday from 2-5 PM and 7-10 PM.

Richmond County Surrogate's Court Committee CLE

On November 27th, an expert panel of Surrogate’s Court Chief Clerks gave pointers and discussed practical information of Surrogate’s Court procedure. Click here for more information.

JOHN G. HALL HAS PASSED

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John G. Hall, a past president and member of our Bar Association for over 55 years.

​John is being waked at: John E. Day Funeral Home, located at 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. Viewing hours are Sunday, October 14 from 2 - 6 PM and Monday, October 15 from 2 - 4 PM and 7 - 9 PM.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 10:15 AM at Church of St. Leo’s the Great, located at 50 Hurley’s Lane, Lincroft, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Villanova Law School or the Church of St. Leo the Great.

Appellate Division, 2nd Department COMMEMORATES the 80th anniversary of its courthouse


On September 25, 2018, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore spoke at the Appellate Division, Second Department to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Appellate Division at its current location on Monroe Place. The Second Department has had three homes in its more than 100-year existence, all in historic downtown Brooklyn.


In its continuing effort to better serve its constituents, The Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department will hold its October 12, 2018, sitting at the Richmond County Court Complex, in the St. George section of Staten Island, New York. The October 12 court session will be presided over by Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman, who is the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Joining Presiding Justice Scheinkman on the bench will be Honorable William F. Mastro, the senior Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, who makes his home in Staten Island and is a familiar figure in the Richmond County legal community, Associate Justice Joseph J. Maltese, who, like Justice Mastro, lives in Staten Island and is well known to local attorneys, and Associate Justice Betsy Barros, whose chambers is just across the river in Kings County.

Raise the Age Coverage

SILive.com has coverage of the new Raise the Age Legislation, featuring quotes from members of our Bar.

Matrimonial Committee Lunch

On November 1st, the Matrimonial Committee held a welcome lunch for those interested in becoming a member. The lunch was held at Ruddy and Dean. Please see this flyer for more information.

2018 Red mass

Richmond County's 35th Annual Red Mass was held on Tuesday, October 30th. The Homilist was The Most Reverend Bishop John O'Hara, the director of strategic planning for the archdiocese and once the Pastor of the Church of St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus on Staten Island. Check out pictures from the mass and repast.

Surrogate's Court In The News

The Staten Island Advance recently featured an article about a high school student's experience as intern at Surrogate's Court. Click here for the full article.

Tai Chi & Tibetan Art


The RCBA Wellness Committee is sponsoring a night at the Tibetan Museum featuring an exploration of Tai Chi and art. Please see the flyer for details, although registration is now closed.

CLE Opportunity

The RCBA is hosting a CLE on Friday, September 28, 2018. The Topic is Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program, New Arbitrator Training. This training is open to Attorneys with a minimum of 5 years experience practicing law and Non-Attorneys. Please click here for details.

Michael A. Forzano has Passed

Visitation: Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home, 7447 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY

Hours: Sunday, September 2, 2018 (2 - 4 PM) & Monday, September 3, 2018 (2 - 4 PM and 7 - 10 PM)

Mass: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at St. Simon and St. Jude, 185 Van Sicklen Street, Brooklyn, NY at 11:45 AM.

Networking Opportunity

M&T Bank is proudly hosting the NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants - Staten Island Chapter, Richmond County Bar Association, and Bankers Association of Richmond County for a Networking Opportunity for Professionals.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Richmond County District Attorney, Michael McMahon, will be in attendance to meet and greet. Hosted by Patrick Keegan, NYC Regional Manager and Nick Athineos, Business Banking.

More information here.

CLE Opportunity

Our Surrogate’s Court Chief Clerk, Ronald Cerrachio will be participating in a CLE at the City Bar entitled Hail to the Chiefs: Practical Aspects of Surrogate's Court Procedure from the Chief Clerks

DATE: Wednesday, September 12th from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY

CREDITS: 2 CLE credits

CONTACT: If you would like to attend, please reply directly to Rosan Dacres, 212-382 -6630 or rdacres@nycbar.org

Family court annoucement

Beginning Monday, August 27, 2018, Judge Peter DeLizzo (Part 4), Court Attorney Referee Alexandra Byun (Part 40), Court Attorney Referee Janet McFarland (Part 42), and the Family Court Help Center will be relocating to 18 Richmond Terrace.

Effective August 27, 2018, Judge DeLizzo will be in Room 320.

Effective Tuesday, September 4, Court Attorney Referee Alexander Byun will be in Room 315.

From Monday, August 27 through Thursday, August 30, Court Attorney Referee Janet McFarland will be sitting in Part I at 100 Richmond Terrace. Effective Friday, August 31, she will be in Room 305 at 18 Richmond Terrace.

All Petitions and Motions for support, visitation, and custody and Orders of Protection and Writs must be filed at the Family Court Help Center which will be located at 18 Richmond Terrace on the 3rd Floor.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Real Property Section of the New York State Bar Association is now accepting applications for the 2019 Tharp and Mitzner Scholarships. If you have know of a law student who would be interested in applying, please share the information below. The application deadline is December 3, 2018.

REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION LORRAINE POWER THARP SCHOLARSHIP

This $5000 scholarship was created to honor the memory of Lorraine Power Tharp, who served as President of the NYSBA and Chair of the Real Property Law Section. The scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law school student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law.

Efforts will be made to honor Lorraine's commitment to gender equity and diversity in the profession. To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the state will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

The Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship application form has details on eligibility and requirements.


REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION MELVYN MITZNER SCHOLARSHIP

This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student enrolled in a New York State law school. It was created to honor the memory of Melvyn Mitzner, a legend in the New York real estate legal community. Mitzner is a former chair of the Real Property Law Section, and was an active and valued member of the Section for many years.

Efforts will be made to honor Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement and to diversity in the profession. To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the State will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

The Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship application form has details on eligibility and requirements.

Lloyd Tamarin, Esq., Marc Berk's father-in-law, has Passed

Our colleague, Marc Berk's, father-in-law, Lloyd Tamarin, Esq. (also a colleague and long time member of the Richmond County Bar Association) passed away. Our condolences go out to the Berk and Tamarin families. Click here for further details.

2018 Golf and tennis outing

The 2018 Golf and Tennis outing has been scheduled for October 4th, rain or shine. We encourage everyone to support the RCBA by attending and/or providing a scholarship. Golf is limited to the first 72 players and RCBA Members have until September 10 to register and pay before it opens to the public on Sept 12. Even if you do not play golf or tennis, join us for dinner, music and raffles. For registration information and more, please see the flyer.

CLE Opportunity

The RCBA is offering a CLE on 9.20.18 entitled: "Understanding the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017."

For further details please see this flyer.

If you need a reminder about your CLE requirements as a practicing NY attorney, check out this FAQ page.

The Index of past RCBA Journals has been updated with the latest additions. It's a useful way to explore articles that have been published in our Journal over the years. Click here to check it out. Enjoy!

RCBA President Toni Ann Barone and her dad, Anthony Barone, Past President, set record as Presidents of the Richmond County Bar Association. Click HERE for the SI Advance article.

Our own Justice Matthew A. Sciarrino, Jr. along with Circuit Judge John B. Owens of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman, Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin, CA Judge Carol Najera and Paul Grewal (Former Magistrate Judge and now Deputy General Counsel and VP of Litigation at Facebook) will be part of a panel at San Diego Comic Con called: Judges on the Law of the Last Jedi and Solo. Click here for more information.