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Brooklyn Bar Association hosts mentorship committee mixer

August 8, 2022 Robert Abruzzese, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The Brooklyn Bar Association Mentorship Committee is looking for new members and it’s hoping to attract them by hosting a mixer at the Circa Brewing Company in Downtown Brooklyn on August 16.

Join Hon. Joanne Quinones and Natoya McGhie, co-chairs of the BBA’s Mentorship Committee, who will be hosting the networking event that starts at 5:30 p.m.

The BBA’s Mentorship Committee runs a one-on-one mentoring program every year that pairs less experienced attorneys with veterans.

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Any new attorneys, or even experienced attorneys who might be looking to branch out into a new area of the law, are encouraged to attend if they are interested in being paired with a mentor. Law school students are encouraged to join as well.

More experienced attorneys who feel they have the time and knowledge to give back to the legal community are also encouraged to attend and take on a mentee. Some people who have joined have even been both a mentor and a mentee at the same time.

The event is planned for an hour and a half and will include an open bar plus appetizers. It is sponsored by the Law Offices of Adam J. Roth. You can register to attend on

Judge Quinones frequently appears in the pages of the Brooklyn Eagle for her work as a mentor. Not only is she helping to run the program at the BBA, but she also contributes to the mentorship program at the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and has her own mentorship program she calls “Camp Quinones” and takes on interns to work in her office throughout the year.

Every summer, Judge Quinones hosts a Camp Quinones reunion. It had been held virtually over the past two summers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this year, on Wednesday, August 10 at 5:30 p.m., she is bringing the camp back in person at the Kings County Supreme Court, Criminal Term building on Jay Street.

Career coaching available through LeGaL

The LGBT Bar Association of New York, also known as LeGaL, is hosting a seminar titled, “Creating Resilience in Every Part of Your Legal Career…Here’s How!” with career coach Jim Arnoff.

From 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. on August 10, Arnoff will host an interactive workshop where he will teach coaching tools to attorneys to make them more resilient in their careers.

Arnoff, an NYU graduate who is certified by the International Coach Federation and is the founder of the Gay Coaches Collective/NYC, is expected to focus his time during the lecture on helping attorneys to seek out new options and reach out to collaborators in effective ways.

Interested attorneys can register by going to

Pictured from left are OATH interns Tianren (Jason) Zhang, Ann Sun, Hamsa Fayed, Spencer Shih, Kai Williams, and Catherine Naas, along with Chief of Staff Linda Dunlap-Miller, Esq., Judge Kaplan, Special Counsel Joan Levenson, Esq., Principal Law Clerk Boris Gelfand, Esq., Deputy Chief of Staff Brian Balmes, Esq., Assistant Law Clerk Megan Schnader, Esq., court intern Jordan Higgins, and Ms. Thompson, a past president of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, also chairs the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.
Photo: Thompson

OATH interns visit courthouse and meet with Judge Kaplan

Interns from the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, better known as OATH, got an opportunity to meet with one of the city’s top judges recently.

The Hon. Deborah Kaplan, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for the New York City Courts, and her staff at 111 Centre Street hosted a visit from the summer legal interns, who also got an opportunity to meet with Joy A. Thompson, Esq., an assistant general counsel with OATH, who coordinated the visit.

Robert Abruzzese is the former Legal Editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Director of Member Services at the Brooklyn Bar Association. In addition to writing this column, he currently attends Touro Law Center and is a Legal Administrative Assistant at the Cavallo Firm, PLLC. You can reach him via email at [email protected].

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