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Chief Judge's 2019 State of Our Judiciary Address

On Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore delivered her third “State of Our Judiciary” address. Click here for full coverage. Also available for download are the The State of Our Judiciary Address/Transcript and the Excellence Initiative Report.

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.

New Judges' Reception

The RCBA held its New Judges' Reception on March 5, 6 PM at The Staaten. See the attached flyer for details.

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?"


To attend the swearing in and reception please complete RSVP at EdwinaMartin.eventbrite.com Click here for details on her appointment and click here for a profile by the Staten Island Advance.

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]

Coaches position:

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:

John Hundley

Coordinator, Law Academy


Judge marina cora MUNDY TO BE sworn in as supreme court justice ON JANUARY 17, 2019

The RCBA HEads to nashville

Please mark your calendars for Nashville, Tennessee on January 18 - 21, 2019 (MLK weekend). The CLE Seminar will be held at Hotel 21C Museum Hotel. See the flyer for complete details.

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 jduskin@duskinandcrowe.com.

(Pictured above: The Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee)


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 efilingcomments@nycourts.gov

E-Filing CLE

There was a FREE E-Filing CLE on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 2pm -4 pm in Richmond County Supreme Court. Click HERE for details.