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Frank Seddio hosts final meeting as Brooklyn Bar Association president

BBA Honors Six

May 12, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Richard Klass (left, with Avery Eli Okin) was elected as the next BBA treasurer, putting him in line to be president of the association in five years. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese
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Hon. Frank Seddio hosted the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, his last meeting as president of the association, in Brooklyn Heights on Wednesday where six people were honored.

“This is our meeting where we get to announce the election of our officers, honor a number of people who have worked in the legal community who we found worthy,” said Seddio. “It is also the last time that I get to speak with you publicly as president of the bar association, so it’s bittersweet for me.”

This year’s honorees included Diane Golkin, Adam Kalish and Joseph H. Dirks, who received the distinguished service award. Sidney Cherubin, managing attorney for the Brooklyn Bar Association’s (BBA) Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), received the Freda S. Nisnewitz Award and Lucinda DiSalvo received the Hon. Nathan R. Sobel Award.

“This evening I’m filled with gratitude and pride that Frank Seddio and the BBA have selected me to win this award,” said DiSalvo when presented with her award. “I would like to give a big thank you to my mom and son who give me the encouragement every day to be the person that I am.”

Joseph R. Costello and Dewey Golkin were both recognized as retiring trustees. Hon. John Ingram, who is filling in for Hon. Diana Johnson in the Surrogate’s Court, also briefly addressed the auditorium on how his new gig is going.

When Seddio presented Cherubin with his award, he spoke about all of the good work that the VLP does. Cherubin reminded Seddio of the first time that he ever appeared in court that it was in front of then-Surrogate Court Judge Seddio.

“Frank taught me a very important lesson when I first started practicing,” Cherubin said. “I had no idea what I’m doing, and nobody in my organization had any idea what to do. I was sitting there, and Frank looks me and said, ‘Would you like to ask the court to waive the jury trial?’ I said yes. He said, ‘and then would you like to ask…’ I said, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing.’ Then he said, ‘neither do I,’ and handed me a piece of paper of the questions that I needed to ask during the hearing. I still have that piece of paper, but I’ve updated it with a few additional questions.”

The BBA also announced the results of its officer elections that were held immediately prior to the meeting. Aimee Richter will be the next president, David M. Chidekel will be president-elect, Frank V. Carone will be the first vice president, Anthony J. Lamberti will be second vice president and Armena D. Gayle will be the secretary.

Richard Klass was added to the slate of officers. He will be the treasurer.

Jason Friedman was named trustee of the Class of 2019. Marianne Bertuna, Stefano Filippazzo, Christina Golkin, Steven J. Harkavy, Gregory LaSpina, Jeffrey Miller and Hemalee J. Patel were named trustees of the class of 2020.


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