Welcome to the
Columbian Lawyers Association

First Judicial Department

An Association of Attorneys of Italian Descent

OUR DUES INVOICE IS NOW AVAILABLE:

ANNUAL DUES & NEW MEMBERSHIP FORM (PRINT & MAIL)

DUES & MEMBERSHIP FEE ONLINE PAYMENT PORTAL

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 3, 2016 – Special CLE presentation
Please join us for a special CLE presentation by the Honorable Angela M. Mazzarelli, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department. Justice Mazzarelli will provide an informative lecture on Appellate Practice, in the First Department. Even if you do not practice Appellate Law it is important to be aware of certain time restrictions and filing requirements to best serve your clients. We are very fortunate to have a sitting Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department present this topic!
Thank you to all of our members and friends who attended our January CLE program. Professor Burt Lipshie gave an informative CLE presentation. All of our members had the opportunity to chat with Kimberly Guilfoyle of Fox News and received signed copies of Kimberly Guilfoyle’s new book, “Making the Case, How to Be Your Own Best Advocate.” Ms. Guilfoyle expressed to me that she was so impressed with our Association and truly enjoyed the dinner and CLE presentation. Even the Honorable Patricia M. DiMango, star of television show Hot Bench and our 2012 Rapallo recipient came in from Los Angeles to join us for our CLE Presentation and Dinner.

Please mark your calendars with the below schedule of events through November 2016. We have many distinguished guest speakers and extraordinary events planned and we hope to see our members and friends at all of our events this year!

See you on Wednesday, February 3!

Grazie,

Marianne Bertuna
President, Columbian Lawyers Association of the First Judicial Department

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
February 3, 2016 – February CLE Dinner Meeting
March 16, 2016 – March CLE Dinner Meeting
(Justice Victoria A. Graffeo, Past Senior Associate Judge of the NYS Court of Appeals)
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 12pm – 51st RAPALLO AWARD LUNCHEON
for Hon. Frank R. Seddio
May, 4, 2016 – May CLE Dinner Meeting
June 1, 2016 – SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER
September 14, 2016 – JUDGES’ NIGHT
October 5, 2016 – October CLE Dinner Meeting
November 2, 2016 – Elections/ November CLE Dinner Meeting

                   

PAST EVENTS:

THE 50th ANNUAL RAPALLO AWARD LUNCHEON AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA GRAND BALLROOM

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hon. John A. Barone

Hon. John A. Barone

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, members of the Bench and Bar gathered at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan to attend the 50th Annual Rapallo Award Luncheon.  This award, first conceived in 1955 and named in honor of the first Italian American jurist to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals, is bestowed annually to outstanding jurists, public servants and citizens of Italian American descent.  The Columbian Lawyers Association, First Judicial Department was honored to confer the 2015 Rapallo Award to The Honorable John A. Barone, Justice of the Supreme Court, Bronx County.   The afternoon also included a special video presentation honoring the 50 recipients who received the Rapallo Award between 1955 and 2014 and members of our Association engaged in the practice of law for fifty (50) or more years.  Congratulations and special thanks to our event Chair, Marianne E. Bertuna and the entire Committee for a job very well done!

VIEW THE 2015 OFFICIAL EVENT PROGRAM & HISTORICAL PROGRAM COVERS

Official Program for the 50th Annual Rapallo Award Luncheon on April 18, 2015 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel Grand Ballroom

Rapallo Award Recipients 1969 – 2014 – A Retrospective of Programs & President Messages

 

VIEW HISTORICAL PRESS REPORTS OF THE EVENT

Columbian Lawyers Association celebrates 50th Annual Rapallo Award Luncheon

Gritty Details Are Behind the Glitter at Fund-Raising Galas

Big, Fancy Galas Raise A Lot Of Money When They Focus On The Cause, Not The Honorees

Justice Mastro presented with the 49th annual Rapallo Award by Columbian Lawyers Association

Judge Graffeo wins Columbian Lawyers Association’s Rapallo Award

Brooklyn Bar and Bench Take over Waldorf

Presiding Justice Prudenti Receives Prestigious Award at Waldorf

Our Mission Statement:

  1. To function as a Bar Association comprised of lawyers of Italian ancestry.
  2. To maintain a program that provides continuing legal education for members of the Bar.
  3. To make charitable contributions to worthy law students in the form of scholarships.
  4. To honor Italian Culture, Innovation, Achievement and Heritage with lectures and study.

We are proud to participate in the judicial screening process, appointing members of Columbian Lawyers Association to the New York Supreme and Civil Court screening panels. The panels convene every April. It is time consuming but rewarding work, contributing to the selection of qualified candidates for election to our Courts.

From the President:

Dear Members and Friends:

We look forward to an exciting year, and we, as an organization, seek to achieve the following goals:

  • Continue to promote and develop a monthly CLE program with informative and entertaining lectures to provide the most enjoyable method of acquiring requisite CLE credits for both our Italo-American Members and our Member Friends.
  • Strengthen our bond with our associated CLA organizations in neighboring counties through enhanced communication and jointly sponsored events.
  • Enlighten and entertain all CLA Members with Italian cultural outings and programs.
  • Cultivate newly admitted Italo-American attorneys as new Members, Officers, Directors and Committee participants.
  • Enhance our Scholarship program with added promotion and fund-raising.
  • Raise awareness of our organization through an active public relations campaign.

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Marianne E. Bertuna, Esq., President
E-Mail: President@ColumbianLawyers.com

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The Columbian Lawyers Association, First Judicial Department has now made it easy to join and register for events.  You can now download membership applications via this link: Membership Friend Application & Annual Dues Form and pay your fees, dues and donate to our Scholarship Fund via our new ONLINE PAYMENT PORTAL!   President’s Message – December 2014/January 2015 Dear […]

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Pay your Annual Dues, CLE Admission and Rapallo Tickets with your Credit Card online and through this website! Membership Friend Application & Annual Dues Form  

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