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Columbian Lawyers take Staten Island for monthly CLE meeting

January 21, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
From left: Hon. Donald Kurtz, Yolanda Guadagnoli, Hon. Arthur M. Schack, Hon. Thomas P. Aliotta and Hon. Lawrence Knipel. Eagle photos by Mario Belluomo

The Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn took over Staten Island for one night during this month’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) meeting at Nino’s Restaurant on Hylan Boulevard last Tuesday, Jan. 12.

While the lawyers and judges got to try some delicious Italian food, they listened to Justice Barbara I. Panepinto speak about the new maintenance spousal support guidelines that were signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last September.

“The meeting was well attended, the food was fabulous and Justice Panepinto gave a wonderful speech,” said President RoseAnn C. Branda. “She’s an extremely delightful, dynamic personality who was able to explain the new statute in a way that even non-matrimonial practitioners could understand, and that’s not an easy task.”

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The Columbian Lawyers has a tradition of hosting one CLE session in Staten Island every year. The meeting is always very well attended, despite it taking place across the harbor.

“The Columbian Lawyers make an effort to make it to Staten Island once a year, every year,” Branda said. “There are a number of lawyers and judges who work, live or practice out in Staten Island and are so devoted and loyal to the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn, it has been a longstanding tradition for the group to meet every January in Staten Island.”

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The Columbian Lawyers Association will be back at its regular spot at the Rex Manor in Brooklyn for its next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2. The speaker will be Mark J. Caruso, who will conduct a lecture titled “Navigating a Real Estate Transaction.”


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