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Judge Montalbano on panel to discuss rights of unrepresented litigants in Surrogate’s Court

February 10, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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Practitioners and members of the community who want to know more about the Kings County Surrogate’s Court will have a golden opportunity later this month thanks to the Brooklyn Bar Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

The two bar associations have teamed up to create a panel called, “Know Your Rights: Surrogate’s Court 101 for Unrepresented Litigants” on Thursday, Feb. 23. The event is free and on Zoom and includes a panel with Brooklyn Surrogate Court Justice Rosemarie Montalbano.

Montalbano, who got her law degree at Western New England University, joined the bench in 2014 following an election to the Civil Court. She was then elected to the Supreme Court in 2019 and finally the Surrogate’s Court in 2021. She also served as principal law clerk to Hon. Gregory Lasak, as court attorney to Hon. Anthony Gazzara in Queens, and as an assistant district attorney in Queens before coming to Brooklyn.

Montalbano is hardly the only expert on the panel, though.

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Armena Gayle. Eagle file photo by Robert Abruzzese

Moderated by Hon. Michael Farkas, a trustee at the Brooklyn Bar Association and chair of the Access to Justice Committee Task Force, the panel will also feature Armena Gayle, the counsel to the Kings County Public Administrator and immediate past president of the Brooklyn Bar Association, and Lisa Mathis, the Chief Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court.

Anyone interested in attending the event must register online through the MBBA’s website. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, it will take place on Zoom, and last approximately an hour-and-a-half.

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