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 Members & Friends:

We hope that you and your families enjoyed the holiday season and that you are ready for all the great things that 2015 has to offer!

On December 3, 2014, more than 100 members and guests celebrated with us for our annual Christmas Party and Installation Dinner at the National Arts Club.  Special thanks to all who worked so very hard to organize this event, including our Chairmen P. Charles DiLorenzo and Vincent Apicella, as well as the many Committee Members who volunteered to make the event such a success, including Joseph DeMatteo, Vince Cuttita, and all the accompanying spouses and family members who were working right beside them.

On January 7, 2015, a former Board Member of our Association returned to the Columbus Club, but this time as our CLE Lecturer.  Michael A. Scotto, Esq., the former Chief of the Rackets Bureau and Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division at the New York County District Attorney’s Office will be speaking on the topic of Criminal Law.  Michael presented a lively two (2) credit live CLE on the topic of Larceny: What it is, and What it isn’t.   We instituted exclusive member pricing for this CLE event for all newly joining members/friends, 2015 Duespayers, Life Members and former members who reactivated their membership in connection with attending.  Please note, effective January 1, 2015, the cost to attend our CLE Dinner Meeting Lectures is $125 for Members/Friends in Good Standing with a timely online RSVP; $135 for Guests with a timely online RSVP; and $150 for all non-registered walk-ins (space permitting).

Our CLE Lectures are conducted following a one-hour open bar cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeurves and include a full three course served meal. You need not be a Member to attend, but an RSVP via our Online Portal is now required no later than the Monday preceding the event at 5pm.  

On February 5, 2015, Professor Burton N. Lipshee will be our February CLE Speaker presenting his 2015 New York Civil Practice Law and Rules Update.  Burt is a good friend of our Association and his C.P.L.R. update lecture is heralded as one of the best in the State of New York by many members of the Bench and Bar alike.  This lecture is frequently sold out well in advance, so please register today using our online portal link.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has unanimously selected the Honorable John A Barone of the Supreme Court Bronx County as the 2015 Rapallo Award Recipient.  The event is scheduled to take place at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2015.  This will also represent the 50th Anniversary of the Rapallo Award, so we encourage you to save the date in your calendars now, as this is poised to be an event filled with many special guests and presentations.

All the best,


Stephen J. Savva, President

Posted on January 27, 2014

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