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Columbian Lawyers Association hosts city’s top judge for first Gargiulo’s CLE

September 3, 2019 Rob Abruzzese
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For over three decades the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn called the Rex Manor home for its monthly meetings. On Wednesday, the group hopes to start a new tradition at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island.

The Columbian Lawyers will host its monthly continuing legal education meeting at Gargiulo’s with Hon. George Silver, deputy chief administrative judge for the New York City courts, as its first guest speaker.

Justice Silver will give a one-hour lecture on mediations, a topic the judge sees as important because the court system has moved toward pilot programs designed to help cases avoid trials in favor of mediations instead.

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Practicing attorneys in attendance for the mediation lecture will receive one CLE credit in the area of professional practice. Practicing attorneys need at least 24 credit hours every two years to remain active in the New York State bar.

The Columbian Lawyers final meeting at the Rex Manor was in February; at that event, Hon. Alan Scheinkman, presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, spoke.

From March through June the group had been meeting at Marco Polo Restaurant in Carroll Gardens; however, the space was not large enough to accommodate the association comfortably, especially if a meeting had a larger than expected attendance.

The venue change is not the only difference. Typically, the first Tuesday of each month was marked on judges and attorneys’ calendars for the Columbian Lawyers meetings, but this year meetings will take place on the first Wednesday.

As usual, attorneys and judges interested in attending meetings should reach out to Lucy DiSalvo.


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