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Mayor turns out as BWBA honors Hon. Hinds-Radix, Past President Cavallo

May 16, 2022 Robert Abruzzese, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association held its first major in-person event in more than two years on Thursday when it featured Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix and Carrie Anne Cavallo during its annual gala held at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook.

“Tonight’s gala is extremely personal to me as we honor two exceptional women who have served as mentors to many as well as a personal mentor to myself,” BWBA President Madeline Kirton said in a statement.

“We are able to host an amazing gala in person after two years since the COVID-19 pandemic with the support and hard work of this year’s gala committee,” Kirton said.

The event had nearly 200 people in attendance, as the BWBA showed that COVID-19 has not stopped it. Mayor Eric Adams was on hand to offer encouragement to the Association and praise for his choice as the New York City Corporation Counsel: former Appellate Division judge Sylvia Hinds-Radix.

Justice Hinds-Radix became the first Black woman to serve as New York City’s Corporation Counsel when she was appointed in February. She had previously served as an Appellate Division judge and as administrative judge of the Kings County Supreme Court, Civil Term.

“I have always been in awe of my mother,” said Jovia Radix in giving remarks during the event.

Justice Hinds-Radix currently serves as the president of the Caribbean American Lawyers Association, and past president of the Nathan R. Sobel American Inns of Court, and the Supreme Court Justices Association of the City of New York.

From left: Betsey Jean-Jacques, Marea Wachsman, Hon. Genine Edwards, BWBA President Madeline Kirton, President-Elect Susan Mauro, Immediate Past President Natoya McGhie and Rachel Miranda.

Cavallo was given the Cybil Hart Kooper Award, which is named for Justice Kooper, who served on the second department of the Appellate Division from 1984 until her retirement in 1991. She was also a founding member and past president of the National Association of Women Judges. Her namesake award is given annually by the BWBA to an outstanding member who has made significant contributions to the association.

Cavallo, a matrimonial and family law attorney, served as past president from 2018-2019 when the BWBA had its highest membership total. Cavallo helped to create the BWBA’s mentorship program and continues to serve as its co-chair. She also chairs the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and serves as a delegate to the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

Unfortunately for President Kirton, this was her first and last major in-person event as president of the BWBA. Susan Mauro will take the reins next month and will be installed as president during a ceremony at the Brooklyn Bar Association on Tuesday, June 14.

Past President Carrie Anne Cavallo (right) is presented with the Sybil Hart Kooper Award by Hon. Joanne Quinones.

Join the Brooklyn Bar Association at Brooklyn Pride

The LGBTQ+ Committee of the BBA is inviting members to join it during the Brooklyn Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11.

The parade starts at Fifth Avenue and Lincoln Place and marches to Ninth Street from 7:30p.m. until 10 PM. Members of the committee will be wearing special limited-edition 150th Anniversary Pride shirts. To order one while supplies last, email Robert Abruzzese with your t-shirt size ([email protected]).

“It has never been a better time to celebrate Pride and have fun with your fellow BBA members,” said Christina Golkin, chair of the LGBTQ+ Committee. “All BBA members, allies and family are welcome.”

BWBA President Madeline Kirton with Mayor Eric Adams.

One week left to purchase 150th anniversary tickets, sponsorships available

The Brooklyn Bar Association is hosting its 150th Anniversary Party on Thursday, June 2 at El Caribe in Mill Basin and tickets are still available but will be gone by the end of the week so please act fast if you intend on coming.

The guest list is already extensive, including many members of the local judiciary, court employees, members of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, as well as Brooklyn Defender Services and other legal aid groups will be on hand. The event really will bring together the many factions of the Brooklyn legal community.

To purchase tickets head to Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Save the date

President-elect Richard Klass will be installed during a ceremony at Borough Hall on Monday, June 13 at 5:30p.m. followed by a kosher meal and some refreshments. The rest of the officers and new trustees will also be installed including Angelicque Moreno, who was elected as the next treasurer of the BBA.

The new trustees to be installed include Michael Farkas, Dean Delianites and Natoya McGhie.

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