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Columbian Lawyers kick off holiday season during Judges’ Night

December 4, 2015 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
RoseAnn Branda (right) and the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn hosted Justice Lawrence Knipel (left) and many other Brooklyn judges during its 48th annual Judges Night at Gargiulo’s in Coney Island Thursday night. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese
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The Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn hosted its 48th annual Judges’ Night as nearly 75 judges joined the organization for dinner at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island Thursday night.

Practically every judge in Kings County with Italian ancestry was in attendance, and many with other backgrounds were there as well. The occasion marks the beginning of the holiday season for the Brooklyn legal community.

“This is truly an event like no other,” said First Vice President Dean Delianites. “It’s the kick-off to the holiday season and an opportunity to socialize and share the spirit of the holidays with distinguished members of the judiciary.”

During the month of December, nearly every legal association including the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and others, host holiday events. But this is arguably the most well-attended event by members of the various legal associations all well represented, along with the judges.

“My first Judges’ Night has to be somewhere between 30 and 35 years ago,” President RoseAnn Branda recalled. “What’s the most memorable about every Judges’ Night, is that throughout the whole month of December there are tremendous conflicts with different associations hosting different events. However, the Columbian Lawyers Judges’ Night has always been the best attended judicial event that I have ever attended.

“I’m very proud to be president of this organization based on the respect that the Kings County judiciary shows towards the organization. It’s a mutual love between the attorneys involved and the judges. It’s always a wonderful night. There is a buzz in the air with a lot of positive energy.”

The event is purely a social one with no speeches — just dinner. Every judge in attendance was recognized and thanked for attending. Delianites also took a moment to give a special thanks to those who helped organize the event.

“Of course, an event like this does not happen on its own,” Delianites said. “It’s the result of hard work by many people. A tremendous thank you to Lucy DiSalvo, Steve Bamundo and our President RoseAnn Branda.”

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