September 2009

Judicial Matters

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association member Hon. John M. Leventhal, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department who was elected during the summer as the Second Vice President of the Association of Justicesof the Supreme Court of the State of New York. A former Trustee of the Brooklyn Bar Association, Justice Leventhal served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Brooklyn Barrister before his election to the bench.

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association member Hon. Gerald Rosenberg of the Supreme Court, Kings County who was elected in June as the President-Elect of the Nathan R. Sobel Inns of Court.

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association member Hon. Ellen Spodek, Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, who was elected in June as the Secretary of the Nathan R. Sobel Inns of Court.

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association member Hon. John Ingram, Court of Claims Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice, Kings County, who was the recipient of the Thomas More Award at the Great Irish Fair.

Kudos and Professional Recognition

Helene Blank, Brooklyn Bar Association member has been elected the President of the Nathan R. Sobel Inns of Court for 2009-2010.

Former Brooklyn Bar Association trustee Rosario Marquis D’Apice has been elected as the Counselor of the Nathan R. Sobel Inns of Court for 2009-2010.

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association member Stephen D. Chiaino who was sworn in this summer as the President of the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association.

Brooklyn Bar Association member Carlo Scissura, Chief of Staff to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, was appointed as the Brooklyn representative to the New York City Board of Education, following the sunsetting of the Department of Education in June.

Congratulations to Brooklyn Bar Association Past President Manuel A. Romero who was appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau as a member of the Board Trustee of the Kings County Supreme Court Library. The two year term of the office on the Board commences on October 3, 2009

Professional Announcements

Brooklyn Bar Association Past President Andrew S. Fisher has announced the opening of his Brooklyn office located at Brooklyn, New York

His telephone number remains the same: 212-514-8888

Heard on the Streets

Word has reached the Brooklyn Bar Association from Thomas Adcock that the New York Law Journal Fiction Contest 2009 is open to all attorneys, law professors, and law students. First prize for the $1,000 to 5,000 word work of fiction set in the legal milieu is 1,000 plus publication in the December 4, 2009 New York Journal edition. The contest deadline is Friday, November 6, 2009. Send five (5) hard copies of the manuscript along with contact information to: NYJL Fiction Contest, New York Law Journal, 120 Broadway-5th floor, New York, NY 10271-1101.

The 4th Annual Liz Padilla Memorial 5K Run will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2009, rain or shine, in Prospect Park. There will once again be a Pee Wee Kids Race. For registration information, or to register contact Karen Rosenberg at 212-625-1025 or check the Volunteer Lawyer Project homepage at www. Brooklynbar.org.

Bereavements

Word has reached the Brooklyn Bar Association from Past President Dominick Giordano that his former officemate Alfred J. Ranieri passed away on July 10, 2009 at the age of 85. A former NYC Tax Commissioner under Mayor John Lindsey, Alfred J. Ranieri practiced law in the 1950s with Hon. Michael C. Curci.

The Brooklyn Bar Association extents its deepest sympathy to the Munson family on the passing of long-time member Nancy K. Munson. Ms.Munson, 72 years old ,the founder of the Munson Law Firm in Huntington, Long Island was killed in a two car auto accident on the Sagtikos Parkway on May 3, 2009.

Legal Briefs is compiled and written by Avery Eli Okin, Esq., CAE, the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bar Association and its foundation .Items for inclusion in “Legal Briefs” should be sent to aokin@brooklynbar.org, faxed to 718- 797- 173 or mailed to 123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201- 4212.