Charles F. Otey, ESQ
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
When the Brooklyn Bar Association holds its annual dinner Monday at the New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge, with a cocktail hour starting at 5:30 p.m., just about everyone there will fondly recall the late Court of Appeals Justice Theodore Jones.
It was always been a pleasure reaching across the block-long BBA dais table to shake hands with him and chat whether we talked about golf or the myriad challenges he once faced as Kings administrative judge. He remarked one night that it was more difficult “herding the cats” at 360 Adams St. than serving on our top bench.
His loss -- sure to be noted by many tonight -- has sent ripples of shock and dismay through the Kings legal community and beyond.
Many prominent jurists will share the spotlight tonight at the Marriott with many outstanding lawyers. Receiving the BBA’s prestigious Annual Award will be Hon. Michael Pesce, presiding justice, Appellate Term; Kings Justice Sylvia Ash, and past BBA presidents Allen Lashley and Andy Fisher.
Retiring are Court of Appeals Associate Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, Appellate Division Justice Ariel Belen, Appellate Division Justice Anita Florio and Civil Court Judge Sara L. Krauss. Once again, it’s sure to be a smoothly run affair – for the past two weeks BBA Executive Director Avery Okin and President Napoletano have been meeting and planning regularly in Avery’s office at 123 Remsen St.
Charles Otey's column appears each Monday in the print edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle