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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

You can REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE RAPALLO / SCALIA AWARD LUNCHEON HERE::
https://fs16.formsite.com/ColumbianLawyers/51stRapallo/index.html
 

Official Registration Package for the 51st Charles A. Rapallo / Antonin Scalia Award Luncheon

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 16, 2016 – Special CLE Presentation
Please join us on March 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. for a special CLE presentation by the Honorable Victoria A. Graffeo, Former Senior Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals and our 2012 Rapallo Recipient. Judge Graffeo will provide an informative lecture on Article 78 Proceedings and How to Effectively Represent Your Clients!
 
Thank you to all of our members and friends who attended our January CLE program. The Honorable Angela M. Mazzarelli gave an informative CLE presentation that was very well attended by our members. Judge Mazzarelli received the Rapallo Award in 1995 and has been an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department for 22 years! It was an honor to have Judge Mazzarelli present a CLE to our members. We were joined by Supervising Judge Anthony Cannataro and the Honorable Saliann Scarpulla, New York State Supreme Court.
 
We look forward to seeing you on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Club. Please bring a friend or colleague!
 
*** Save the Date for the 51st Annual Rapallo Award luncheon on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Noon at the Waldorf Astoria for our recipient the Honorable Frank Seddio.***!

Grazie,

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 12pm – 51st RAPALLO AWARD LUNCHEON (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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JOIN, PAY DUES, DONATE & REGISTER FOR EVENTS ONLINE

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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