Founded in 1955, the Columbian Lawyers Association, First Judicial Department, is proud to count among its members prominent jurists, practicing attorneys and law students of Italian American descent. Friends of the Columbian Lawyers include financial institutions, corporations and individuals who share the ideals and goals of the Association.

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Each year we sponsor the Rapallo Award Luncheon held in April at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. This prestigious event and coveted award is named in honor of the first Italian American jurist to be appointed to the New York State Court of Appeals, the Hon. Charles A. Rapallo. The award is presented to an outstanding jurist, attorney, public servant or distinguished citizen. Past recipients of the coveted Rapallo award include: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Guido Calabresi, Appellate Division Justices Anita Florio, Eugene Nardelli and Angela Mazzarelli and NYS Supreme Court Justices Anthony J. Cutrona and Francis A. Nicolai.

In September we host Judges´ Night, a truly special evening attended by jurists from all levels of the court system in and around the Metropolitan area. October welcomes law students, our general membership and Friends to our Scholarship Auction and Fundraiser.

In December we gather to celebrate Christmas and the New Year at a black tie dinner dance which is always a night to remember. Throughout the year we co-sponsor and participate in a variety of events such as the Annual Law Student Forum hosted by the Confederation of Columbian Lawyer Associations and programs by other organizations.

To Join, you may contact us for a Membership Application by mailing your request to the attention of the:

Membership Chairman
Columbian Lawyers Association, 1st Jud. Dept.
8 East 69th Street, New York, New York 10021

Alternatively, you may download and complete the following:


Within the above Application, you will find a link to our Online Payment Portal.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015 (6pm) – CLE MEMBER MEETING – 2015 CPLR UPDATE (2 Credits) (Register HERE)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (6pm) – CLE MEMBER MEETING – TBA

Saturday, April 18, 2015 (12pm) – 50th Anniversary Rapallo Award Luncheon – Walforf Astoria Grand Ballroom – NYC


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Celebrate your Italian heritage by becoming a member of the Columbian Lawyers. Sign up today by completing the membership application now.

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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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