The Annual Meeting of the Richmond County Bar Association took place on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Check out photos here.
Congratulations to our new slate of Officers:
President: Jay Duskin
President-Elect: Sheila McGinn
Vice President: Michael Gervasi
Secretary: Kerri Bringslid
Treasurer: Tim O'Donovan
Vincent Albunio, Irini Bekhit, Leslie Kasegrande, Biju Koshy and Denise Marangos-Benitez
Drop the Mic Night photos are up
Check out photos from our first Drop the Mic night. It was a great success!
Amongst the performers were:
✔️Adam Cortes ✔️Elizabeth Rerick ✔️Mark Gallo ✔️The Resistance ✔️Morty Jacobi
✔️Joan Caddell and the Midnight Choir ✔️The Remand Band
new guidance for civility
The New York State Bar Association Committee on Attorney Professionalism has released new standards on attorney civility. While the standards are purely aspirational, in a statement Chief Judge DiFiore stated "civility and professionalism increase the effectiveness of the justice system and enhance the public’s trust in the legal profession."
Drop the Mic Night is saturday
A night of family fun and music. Bring the whole family. Food, beer and wine. This event is open to all members and their families. Supreme Chocolatier on May 4, 2019 at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $20 each and payment can be made via PayPal below. The flyer with details is available here.
✔️Morty Giacobbe (acoustic)
✔️Joan Caddell and the Midnight Choir
✔️The Remand Band
All proceeds will benefit 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.
med mal part rules
Statement of Client's Rights and Responsibilities Changes
The RCBA Wellness Committee invites members to a hike through the Greenbelt. The hike will take place on April 29, 2019 from 5:30 - 7 PM and is free of charge. It will be an easy hike and refreshments will be provided. The hike will take place at the Greenbelt Nature Center located at 700 Rockland Avenue. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 19th. Space is limited to the first 20 people.
SPRING RCBA JOURNAL
Check out the the Spring edition of TheRCBA here.
In this issue you will find:
• Our President’s Latest Message
• Upcoming Events
• Bar News and Events
• Standards and Goals – The Culinary Page of the RCBA by Orin Cohen, Esq.
• Featured Article: Enjoying the Meal, and Walking Out on the Check: The Implications of Limiting Jurisdiction to Subpoena Following Daimler. By: Brian Krist, Esq.
• Elder Law Update by Anthony Lamberti, Esq.
• Technology: .app Domain Names and Progressive Web Apps by RB Tewksbury
April happy hour
Join the New Lawyers Committee at the April Happy Hour at Flagship Brewery on 4/25 at 6 p.m. Come join us and listen to a presentation by the supervising judge of the Richmond County Family Court, Hon. Helene Sacco. Food will be provided! This event is open to all New Lawyers Committee and RCBA Members. This is a good opportunity for networking and a fun atmosphere to mingle with your fellow attorneys away from the courtroom.
Please RSVP to Jesse@jdelaw.nyc
Justice Louis Sangiorgio Supreme Court Law Intern Program
The Richmond County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is now accepting applications for its law intern program. The program will be supervised by Administrative Judge of Richmond County, the Honorable Desmond Green. The Richmond County Bar Association VLP will select law students to participate in a six-week program, which will immerse them in the day-to-day business of the judicial system. Applicants must be either in their first or second year of law school. Interested students should fill out this application. Students are encouraged to learn more about the program before applying. Applications must be received by April 19, 2019.
staten island judicial speaking engagements
The American Board of Trial Advocates will be holding a meeting on the status of Civil Jury Trials in Richmond County on March 13, 2019. Judge Green will speak. For details click here.
On April 5, 2019, Judge Rajeswari will be part of a panel exploring the Stategic Plan implemented by the NYS Unified Court System, Office of Language Access to address the growing needs of thousands of individuals with limited English proficiency and discuss changing technology and resources needed to facilitate court interpreting. Click here for details.
Lawyer Wellness and meditation
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. The Wellness Committee is holding a meditation event on April 4, 2019. Click here for the flyer.
Chief Judge's 2019 State of Our Judiciary Address
Judge marrazzo's mother, anna marrazzo, has passed
Please click here for a complete obituary. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be sent to: Kamp Kiwanis, 9020 Kiwanis Rd., Taberg, NY, 13471.
Arrangements are as follows:
Visitation: Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 6 -9 PM & Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 2- 4 PM and 7-9 PM at Casey Funeral Home
Mass: Monday, March 4, 2019 at Our Lady of Pity at 10 AM with burial to follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Brighton.
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
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
Lanie r. fastman, esq. "Reflections on fair speech - Gender neutral language in the courts"
new ETHICS OPINION
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?"
Matthew j. titone to be sworn in as surrogate on january 24, 2019
CondolenceS to Mariam Zakhary, esq. on the passing of her mother, Eva Mansour
The wake is January 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at: Archangel Michael and St. Mena Coptic Church 4095 Amboy Road, SI, NY 10308.
The mass is on January 23, Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and the funeral is at 11 a.m. at the same location.
CondolenceS to Paul Hollender, esq. on the passing of his mother, Sylvia Hollender
The funeral service is Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:45 AM at Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
condolences to Judge Philip G. Minardo on the passing of his father in law Mario S. LaBarbera
The wake will be January 22 and January 23 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Harmon Funeral Home 571 Forest Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310
Mr. LaBarbera's funeral mass will be on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at: Sacred Heart Church 981 Castleton Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310
Congratulations to RCBA Director (and Technology Committee Chair) Pete Weinman, Esq. and Darlene Morales on their wedding!
Condolences to Ann Taylor Carsel, Esq. on the loss of her husband Gary Carsel
The funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 20th at 9:45 a.m. at : Temple Emanu-El 984 Post Avenue Staten Island, NY 10302.
Shiva will be held Monday - Thursday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Contact the RCBA for address.
Tottenville high school Needs a Coach for it’s Mock trial Team
Earn 7 MCLE Credits for Volunteering [Details Here]
The coaching position is a volunteer position. In the past coaches have met once a week with the team, sometimes more often as the tournament dates approach [Competition Materials Available Here].
Formal practice is on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2:30pm and 4:30 pm. Students also meet on their own, both on campus and off campus, as the need arises. Other formal meetings may be required at the discretion of the coach(es). There are currently 20 team members, about half of which have been on the team for more than one season [Tournament Schedule Here].
For more information contact:
Coordinator, Law Academy
Judge marina cora MUNDY TO BE sworn in as supreme court justice ON JANUARY 17, 2019
The RCBA HEads to nashville
So far the agenda is as follows:
- Friday night (1/18): cocktail party and dinner at acclaimed restaurant Gray and Dudley ($100/pp)
- Saturday morning (1/19; 8:30 am - 1 pm): 4 credits ($125, includes breakfast buffet)
- Sunday afternoon (1/20): Wine Tasting ($40/pp)
All participants are responsible to make their own hotel and airline reservation. Please do so as quickly as possible, as space is limited. Call Hotel 21C directly to reserve your room and the rate of $199/night. Ask for the front desk of 21C Museum Hotel- Nashville and be sure to say you are part of the RICHMOND COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION GROUP. The hotel has agreed to provide the same rate for those who wish to arrive on Thursday, 1/17/19. Please feel free to bring your spouse and/or any other friends or family members.
RCBA members practicing 5 years or less will receive a 50% discount on hotel and sponsored events (up to $500). Reimbursement after the weekend and upon submission of paid bills.
Once you have made your reservation, please contact Charlene at the RCBA office to register for the weekend and let her know who is coming with you. If you have any other question about the weekend, please contact Jay Duskin at (718) 981-6200 or email@example.com.
(Pictured above: The Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee)
NOTICE SEEKING COMMENTS ON ELECTRONIC FILING PROGRAM
In accordance with Section 212 of the Judiciary Law, the Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York will submit to the Legislature, the Governor, and the Chief Judge, not later than February 1, 2019, a report evaluating the state’s experience with electronic filing for the commencement of actions and proceedings and the service and filing of papers therein and containing such recommendations for further legislation as are deemed appropriate.
The Unified Court System welcomes the submission of comments about the implementation of the electronic filing program from the organized bar; legal services groups; public defenders; 18-B attorneys; unaffiliated attorneys; victims' rights organizations; persons in whose county a program has been implemented in any of the courts therein; unrepresented parties; and any other interested persons.
Comments received will be posted on the website of the Court System and included in the report. The report will also address such comments. Comments should be submitted to Jeffrey Carucci, Statewide Coordinator for Electronic Filing, on or before January 11, 2019. Comments should be sent by e-mail or regular mail to: Jeffrey Carucci, Statewide Coordinator for Electronic Filing NYS Unified Court System New York County Courthouse 60 Centre Street, Room 119 M New York, NY 10007 or firstname.lastname@example.org