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Salvatore Scibetta installed as president of the Columbian Lawyers

July 5, 2022 Robert Abruzzese, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Salvatore Scibetta

The Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn held its annual dinner at El Caribe on June 24 where it honored outgoing President Chris Caputo and installed Salvatore Scibetta as its next president.

Scibetta is a Brooklyn Law School graduate, who started his career in 2007 as an attorney for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. He then made a name for himself as a matrimonial attorney while at the Law Firm of Kamaras & Scibetta PLLC, then Bender Rosenthal & Richter LLP, and finally he became a partner at Lee Anav Chung LLP. In 2018, Scibetta became a commissioner at the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals.

Christopher Caputo, center, was presented with a plaque by past presidents Gregory Cerchione (left) and Steven Bamundo (right) for her service as president of the association for the last two years.
Salvatore Scibetta with Austen Canade, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Hon. Desmond Green, Hon. Michael Pesce and Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix, NYC Corporation Counsel.


From left: Hon. William F. Mastro, Hon. Sandra Sgroi, Hon. Hector LaSalle, presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department and Hon. Robert Miller.


From left: Natoya McGhie, Betsey Jean-Jacques, Margherita Racanelli, Hon. Inga O’Neale.

Pat Hayes Torres and Carmen Pacheco win Brooklyn judicial primary elections

Brooklyn had a pair of contested judicial elections in the Democratic primary last week where Pat Hayes Torres and Carmen Pacheco beat out opponents for a spot on the ballot this November.

In a countywide race, Hayes Torres beat out opponent Philip F. Grant 71,368 votes to 55,448 on Tuesday, June 28 to win a spot on the Kings County Civil Court bench. Pacheco beat out David Alan Fraiden for judge of the Civil Court for the Second Municipal Court District 6,850 votes to 4,195.

Hayes is a former assistant district attorney here in Brooklyn, who currently works in private practice at the Hayes Law Practice, P.C. where he represents clients in criminal, personal injury, real estate, commercial matters and in grand jury appearances. Hayes Torres serves as a board member of the Sunset Park Business Improvement District and Coney Island YMCA and is the chair of the Community Re-Entry Center Inc.

Pacheco is known in the legal community for being president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and she, along with Hon. Betty Lugo, founded Pacheco and Lugo, the first Latina law firm in New York State. Pacheco was named “Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year” and “Woman of the Year” by the New York League of Puerto Rican Women.

Lunch with Justice Joy Campanelli

The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association will host Lunch with a Judge on Thursday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m. with Justice Joy Campanelli, who sits in the Kings County Supreme Court, Civil Term.

Campanelli, a graduate of New York Law School, is a former law clerk to Kings County Supreme Court Justice David Vaughan for over a decade. She became a judge in 2014 after she was elected to the Civil Court and she eventually was promoted to supervising judge of the Staten Island Civil Court until she joined the Kings County Supreme Court herself in 2022.

The regular “Lunch with a Judge” series takes place once a month where members of the BWBA get an opportunity to sit down with various judges from Brooklyn. Since the pandemic, the events have been virtual, but just as effective as members of the bar hear from the judges, get to learn their backgrounds, about their courts, and they can ask the judges questions as well.

Robert Abruzzese is the former Legal Editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Director of Member Services at the Brooklyn Bar Association. Now as a legal columnist for the Eagle, Abruzzese writes about the BBA and the local legal community. You can reach him via email at [email protected].

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