❑ On October 11, 2017, Justice Mark C. Dillon of the Appellate Division, 2nd Dept., was “vouched in” to help hear a case at the Court of Appeals in Albany. Vouching in is a rarely-used procedure where the state’s Chief Judge, Hon. Janet DiFiore, selects Appellate Division justices to substitute for Court of Appeals judges that have recused off a case. The appeal here was Bransten v. State of New York.
❑ Frances M. Pantaleo of Bleakley Platt & Schmidt in White Plains has been selected for inclusion in the publication “2018 Best Lawyers in America” in the field of elder law. Pantaleo is the head of the elder law practice group at Bleakley Platt. She is a past chair of the elder law and special needs section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the trusts and estates section. She also has chaired the elder law committees of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association.
❑ This past spring, the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team Coached by Marcella Scalise and WWBA member Deborah Scalise competed and came in first place in the WCBA Mock Trial Competition, the final round was judged by the Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman. They also came in third place in the NYSBA Regional Mock Trial Com-petition. The Team also received coaching tips from the Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith, who graciously opened her courtroom to allow them to practice the trial, and also added the Team to the roster for Law Day 2017 in May.
❑ Georgia Kramer, of Kramer Kozek, LLP, and longtime member of the WWBA, was awarded the honor of Leading Matrimonial Attorney at the 2017 Above the Bar Awards. Ms. Kramer was introduced by her close friend former Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.
❑ Jacqueline Hattar, who is a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, and co-chair of the WWBA’s Diversity Committee, has been chosen as a Diversity Champion by the Westchester County and Fairfield County business journals. Ms. Hattar and 39 other business leaders in the Westchester and Fairfield County communities were honored for their extraordinary leadership qualities, ongoing commitment to personal and professional development, and outstanding accomplishments in their business sectors. Ms. Hattar was profiled in the December 19, 2016 edition of the Westchester/Fairfield County Business Journals and will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the publisher on April 4, 2017.
December 2016/January 2017
❑ WWBA member Elizabeth Shollenberger was appointed to a ten year term as a full-time judge on the White Plains City Court. She took the bench as of January 1, 2017. Prior to her appointment, she was in solo practice in White Plains, focusing on landlord-tenant law, family and matrimonial law, and representing consumers. The lion’s share of her career was spent representing indigent clients in civil matters, first through Bronx Legal Services (1988-2003), then through Queens Legal Services (2003-2009). She also taught at New York Law School and at N.Y.U. School of Law. She is a 1978 graduate of Princeton University and a 1981 graduate of Yale Law School.
❑ Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP is pleased to announce that Annette G. Hasapidis has joined the firm as Of Counsel and Co-Chair of the Appellate Practice Group. Ms. Hasapidis focuses her practice in the area of civil appellate litigation and strategic trial consultation in complex civil litigation for clients before state and federal trial courts in New York and Connecticut. She has extensive appellate experience, as she has appeared on more than 320 appeals. Ms. Hasapidis has also served as a court-appointed guardian at the Appellate Division level. While Ms. Hasapidis continues to maintain a successful solo practice serving clients in both New York and Connecticut, she is joining Bleakley Platt to address the needs of corporate clients in the appellate arena who typically require the added support of a full-service law firm.
❑ Holly Baum is a Buffalo based attorney with over 27 years of experience, as a solo practitioner since 1995, handling the division of retirement assets in divorce and legal separation cases. Ms. Baum is seeking to affiliate with a firm that has an active matrimonial practice, including mediation and/or collaborative law, located in NYS (but not in Western NY) and which has approximately 240-250 hours a year (20 hours a month) of billable hours in QDRO related work. If interested, please contact Holly Baum at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or at 716-854-0040.
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