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Judicial Recognition

Congratulations to Hon. Sondra Townes, formerly a Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, who was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Congratulations to Hon. Dora Irrizary who was sworn in last month as a United States District Court Judge for the Easter District of New York.

Brooklyn Bar Association member Justice Muriel J. Hubsher was feted at a retirement reception on September 28, 2004 at Tavern on the Green.

Brooklyn Bar Association member and Supreme Court Justice Hon. Jules Spodek will be recognized at a retirement dinner which has been scheduled for Tuesday evening, November 16, 2004 at the El Caribe Country Club. For further information and to make reservations for this event, contact Andrea E. Bonina at (718) 522-1786.

Kudos And Professional Recognition

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association Trustee Domenick Napoletano, who serves as Chair of the Brooklyn Bar Association Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program Committee, who will be a featured presenter at the celebration of Mediation Settlement Day on Thursday, October 21, 2004. Trustee Napoletano’s talk will be part of a one-hour free CLE Program which will be hosted at the Civil Court at 141 Livingston Street, Room 306. To register for this program contactGail R. Davis at (718) 262-7266 or gdavis@courts.state.ny.us.

Heard on the Street

Word has reached the Brooklyn Bar Association that the Red Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn, on Thursday evening October 15, 2004 at 5:00 P.M., at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church.

The New York City Department of Finance has announced that it intends to recruit up to sixty Administrative Law Judges to adjudicate parking violations. Attorneys who reside in New York City, and have been admitted for three or more years, are eligible for the full-time and part-time positions which are located throughout the five boroughs. Application forms are available fromHelene Matles, New York City Department of Finance, Adjudication Division, 66 John Street, 3rdFloor, New York, NY 10038. Telephone number (212) 361-8246.

Bereavements

The Brooklyn Bar Association extends its sincerest condolences Charles Hurowitz and family on the passing of his mother Susan Hurowitz, the widow of the late Hon. Barry Hurowitz, who died on September 29, 2004.

Legal Briefs is compiled and written by Avery Eli Okin, Esq., CAE, the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bar Association and its Foundation. Please send items for inclusion in the “Legal Briefs” column to his attention at the Brooklyn Bar Association, 123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-4212.

For your convenience and to ensure the inclusion of all time sensitive items, you may fax an item to (718) 797-1713 during regular business hours or e-mail to Avery Eli Okin, Esq., CAE.

Judicial Recognition

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association member Hon. Bruce M. Balter who was the recipient of the Man of the Year Award presented by the Court Attorneys Association of the City of New York. The award, which was presented at their annual dinner on June 2, 2004, was in recognition of Justice Balter’s elevation to the Supreme Court bench.

Kudos And Professional Recognition

Congratulations to long-standing Brooklyn Bar Association member Richard J. O’Keeffe who, earlier this year, was appointed as National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a leading civil trial group in the country.

Brooklyn Bar Association Executive Director Avery Eli Okin, Esq., CAE, was elected as a Vice President of The 100 Year Association of the City of New York at the Annual Meeting of that Association on July 28, 2004. In addition, at that time he was reappointed as the Chair of the College Scholarship and Public Service Awards Committees.

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association staff member Thomas Visco and his wife Wilma whose son, Lieutenant Junior Grade Joseph S. Giammanco of the United States Coast Guard, took command of his first ship, the USCGC ALBACORE (WPB 87309). Lieutenant Giammanco assumed command on July 16, 2004.

Professional Announcements

Brooklyn Bar Association member Susanne Gennusa has announced the relocation of her office for the practice of law to 100 Park Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10017 telephone number (212) 867-3345, e-mail: sgennusalaw@msn.com.

Brooklyn Bar Association member David M. Schwartz has announced the relocation of the Schwartz law firm to 5402 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11220 – telephone number

(718) 492-7700, e-mail: schwartzlawfirm@aol.com .

Family Matters

Hemalee Patel and husband Unmesh Kher are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter Arushi Patel Kher, who was born on June 8, 2004.

Bereavements

The Brooklyn Bar Association extends its sincerest condolences to Hon. Fern Goldstein and family on the passing of her husband Burton Goldstein, whose funeral was on August 3, 2004.

The Brooklyn Bar Association extends its deepest sympathy to Susan B. Master and family on the passing of her grandmother Betty Joseph who died on August 3, 2004.

Legal Briefs is compiled and written by Avery Eli Okin, Esq., CAE, the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bar Association and its Foundation. Please send items for inclusion in the “Legal Briefs” column to his attention at the Brooklyn Bar Association, 123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-4212.

For your convenience and to ensure the inclusion of all time sensitive items, you may fax an item to (718) 797-1713 during regular business hours or e-mail to Avery Eli Okin, Esq., CAE.