May 2010

Judicial Recognition

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association Past President Hon. Jeffrey Sunshine who was honored by the New York Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers at their Annual Dinner Dance on May 1, 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art.

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association member Hon. Ellen Spodek who was inducted at the President of JALBCA (Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert) on May 10, 2010 at Water’s Edge in Long Island City.

Hon. Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix, Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, Second Judicial District, was the recipient of the Distinguished Judiciary Award presented by the Catholic Lawyers Guild at the Annual Awards Dinner held on May 20, 2010 at Gargiulo’s Restaurant. Brooklyn Bar members Hon. Donald Scott Kurtz received the Ecumenical Award and Hon. Peter Sweeney, Supervising Judge of Civil Court, was the recipient of the Hon. William T. Bellard Award.

Also recognized at the Catholic Lawyers Guild Dinner was former Trustee John J. Meglio who received that organization’s highest honor, the St. Thomas More Award. Brooklyn Bar Association Past President Gregory T. Cerchione, Association Second Vice President Domenick Napoletano and members Gregory M. LaSpina and Frank A. Composto were the 2010 recipients of the President’s Award.

Kudos and Professional Recognition

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association President Andrea E. Bonina who will be honored in the “Salute to Elected Officials and Community Stars”, hosted by the Seneca Club of Kings County at their 111th Anniversary Dinner Dance on June 10, 2010.

Brooklyn Bar Association Trustee David Schwartz will be honored as a Man of the Year by the Seneca Club of Kings County on June 10, 2010.

Brooklyn Bar Association member Joanne D. Quinones received the Diversity Leadership Award from the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) of Brooklyn Law School at their Alumni Dinner held on April 16, 2010 at the BLS Forchelli Center.

Brooklyn Bar Association member Antonio Seda was the first recipient of the Antonio Seda Excellence in Mentoring Award sponsored by the Latin American Law Students Association of Brooklyn Law School on April 16, 2010.

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association member Robert Santoriella, who under the pen name Robert Santoro, is the author of “Wrath”, the first volume in the deadly sins series, was interviewed on April 2, 2010 at 7:10 am on FM 102.7.

Congratulations to Jessica Spiegel the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Coordinator who was featured in the Daily Bulletin profile on Thursday, April 8, 2010. Particularly highlighted in the article was the work that Jessica coordinated for the legal assistance to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Professional Announcements

Brooklyn Bar Association member Adam Braverman announced last month the opening of his new office located at 1375 Broadway 3rd Floor, New York 10018. Telephone number 212-206-8166. Email: abraverman@lawofficeab.com

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