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Judge Joy Campanelli lectures at Columbian Lawyers annual Staten Island meeting

January 28, 2020 Rob Abruzzese
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Members of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn made their annual trip to Staten Island on Tuesday, Jan. 14. as nearly 80 members gathered at Nino’s Restaurant for the group’s monthly continuing legal education meeting.

The Columbian Lawyers celebrated the 98th birthday of the group’s historian George Siracuse.
Photo courtesy of Joe Rosato

The group hosts the annual meeting in Staten Island because many of its members either live or practice there. Over the last two years, the meeting has featured a Staten Island judge who spoke on issues relevant to the island.

Pictured from left: Betsey Jean-Jacques, Rosa Pannitto, Bart Russo, Hon. Joy Campanelli and Janet McFarland.
Eagle photos by Mario Belluomo

This year’s speaker was Hon. Joy Campanelli, the supervising judge of the Richmond County Civil Court. Judge Campanelli has been a long-time member of the association. She worked in Brooklyn for over a decade as the law clerk to Justice David Vaughan and later as a judge after she was elected to the Civil Court in 2014.

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Joe Rosato, president of the Nathan R. Sobel Inns of Court, and Hon. Joy Campanelli.

For an hour, Judge Campanelli lectured on “Vision Zero: the Criminalization of Negligence and the NYC Administrative Codes that cover it.” Her talk covered recent changes to the law that affect both criminal and civil liability.

From left: Hon. Joy Campanelli, Hon. Karen Wolff and Hon. Barbara Panepinto.

The group also celebrated the birthday of one of its oldest members, George Siracuse, the association’s historian. Siracuse could barely contain his emotions as the group presented him with a cake for the occasion.


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