Pro Bono Barrister
By Charles F. Otey, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
On Feb. 6 and 7, the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association led by President Joann Monaco will be in Atlantic City pursuing Continuing Legal Education credits and a little relaxation in that historically entertainment mecca by the sea.
Founded just over 60 years ago, the BRLA has a long tradition of seminars of various kinds in diverse places. Long before Continuing Legal Accreditation programs were put into force, its members journeyed to Freeport, the Bahamas,and spent time in the Poconos to review the law and enjoy time together with colleagues.
In those Pre-CLE days, in July of 1985 as recently reported in Pro Bono Barrister, the Bay Ridge group also traveled to the American Bar Association in London. Their members witnessed a mock trial conducted at an ancient Inn of Court, strictly applying British law.
This winter’s A.D. Seminar was originally conceived by past president Lawrence DiGiovanna, who later served as president of the Brooklyn Bar Association. President Monaco advises us that CLE agenda will be wide-ranging so it is entitled "Civil and Criminal Law Variety Program.”
Speakers will include Justice Lawrence Knipel, administrative judge for Kings County Civil Matters; Judge Barbara Panepinto; Justice Vincent Delgiudice, Justice Patricia DiMango and Steve Finkelstein, the noted estates lawyer who is a past president of the Kings County American Inn of Court.
This seminar is very popular so members and/or guests are advised to make reservations at the Tropicana in A.C. by Jan. 7, 2014.