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					                              The Advocate
                            March April 2009

Hon. Peter Forman, Editor
P.O. Box 4865
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

                                The Dutchess County Bar Association
                                            P.O. Box 4865
                                     Poughkeepsie, New York 12602
                                         Phone: (845) 473-2488
                                          Fax: (845) 485-1484
    Executive Committee
                                              DCBA By-Laws                                                               Spring 2009 Events
      Richard Fiorile, Esq.
    DC District Attorneys Office       Since early last fall the DCBA Executive Committee has            sday
                                                                                                     hursda Marc
                                                                                                   T hursday, March 12, 2009                                         sday
                                                                                                                                                               T hur sday, April 2, 2009
                                         been working on revising our organization By-Laws.      Lunch        Bernice Leber,
                                                                                                 Lunch with Bernice K. Leber, Esq.,                                       CLE
       Maura Barrett, Esq.              This lengthy project, which was coordinated by DCBA                  SBA
                                                                                                          NYSB President
                                                                                                          NYSBA President                               Ethics Update: an overview of the new
     Ostertag, O’Leary & Barrett                                                                                                                                      Ethics Rules
          President- Elect              Vice-President Rebecca Valk, is nearing completetion.         Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
                                                                                                                                                        Presented in partnership with the Mid-
                                                                                                             12:15 p.m.                                              omen’s
                                                                                                                                                           Hudson Women’ s Bar Association
       Rebecca Valk, Esq.
    VanDeWater & VanDeWater            In the coming weeks we will be distributing copies of    $20 for members, $25 for non-members                                 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                         3 Ethics Credits
         Vice-President                the revised By-Laws for your review. We will be voting               Sponsored by                                          The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
   Hon. Peter M. Forman                   to accept these revised By-Laws at our upcoming                                                                  $45 for members (both DCBA and MHWBA),
                                                                                                                                                                      $65 for non-members
Dutchess County Family Court               Annual Dinner & 90th Anniversary Celebration.                                                                               Lunch will be served

       Rebecca Blahut, Esq.            We hope that everyone will take the time to review the                                                               Wednesday, April 22, 2009
         McCabe & Mack                                                                                  sday
                                                                                                     hursda Marc
                                                                                                   T hursday, March 13, 2009
            Treasurer                       revised By-Laws and offer their feedback.                                                                                  Hitler’s Courts:
                                                                                                                   CLE                                The Betrayal of the Rule of Law in Nazi Germany
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                                                                                                   Collaborati v e Endg ame Training                          Wallace Visitor and Education Center,
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                                                                                                         7 Professional Practice Credits                   Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association and
       Hon. James Pagones                                                                           Courtyard by Marriott, Route 9, Fishkill               The Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society
    Dutchess County Surrogate                                                                        Breakfast, lunch and snacks provided                      Attendees will receive 1 CLE Credit
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             Thank You!                                                                                                                        President’s Page
The DCBA Mock Trial Committee would like to
express their thanks to the following judges and Court
Attorney Referee’s for their participation in this years
                                                               Volunteers                                I am writing this page on a day off to celebrate Presi-
                                                                                                         dent Lincoln’s 200th birthday. As attorneys, we should
                                                                                                         all feel honored to be members of the same profes-
                                                                                                                                                                    merce Spirit Award. Fred was cited for spearhead-
                                                                                                                                                                    ing the restoration of the Poughkeepsie Railroad
                                                                                                                                                                    Bridge as Chairman of the walkway over the
                  Hon. Ralph Beisner
                  Hpn David Daniels
                  Hon. Thomas Dolan
                  Hon. Peter Forman
                                                                Needed!                                  sion as Lincoln was. While many presidents have
                                                                                                         been lawyers, only one has a monument built to his
                                                                                                         memory on the main mall of the Nation’s capital.
                                                                                                                                                                    Hudson. Hopefully some funding for the restoration
                                                                                                                                                                    was one of the “Little Porky” provisions in the re-
                                                                                                                                                                    cently passed stimulus package.

                   Hon. Adina Gilbert                      We are seeking volunteers to assist us at     By the time you read this, the Bar Association will        I am also pleased to note that Joshua Mackey of
                 Hon. Heather Kitchen                      our 12th Annual Legal Clinic on Satur-        have completed its move to 42 Catherine Street in the      Iseman, Cunningham, Reister and Hyde, Michelle
                 Hon. George Marlow                                                                      City of Poughkeepsie. The Post Office box mailing          Almeida and Ian Lindars of McCabe & Mack and
                  Hon. Jeffrey Martin                      day, May 2, 2009. We are in need of           address will remain the same. I want to commend            Bar Association Vice President Rebecca Valk of
                Hon. Katherine Moloney                     volunteers to assist people of all walks of   Executive Director Janna Wheatry and Marist College        Vandewater and Vandewater are being honored on
                 Hon. James Pagones                                                                      intern Barbara Butler for the smoothness of the move.      March 9, 2009 by the Greater Southern Dutchess
                   Hon. Joan Posner                        life with general legal questions.
                                                                                                                                                                    Chamber of Commerce as three of the Top 40
                  Hon. Val Sammarco
                                                                                                         The Bar Association is saddened to note the passing        under 40.
                Hon. Barbara Seelbach
                 Hon. Christine Sproat                     The clinic’s location will once again be      of longtime member and former president John Wolf
                 Hon. David Steinberg                      The Poughkeepsie Plaza. We anticipate a       on February 7, 2009. A mass of Christian burial was        I want to thank Jonna Spilbor, one of our members,
                Hon. Michael Tomkovitch                                                                  held on February 13, 2009. The mass was attended           a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and currently
                Hon. Jonah Triebwasser
                                                           large turnout due to this location’s high     by over 100 people. Although I did not know John Wolf      practicing attorney with an office in Poughkeepsie,
                   Hon. Carl Wolfson                       visibility. We will need volunteers for       personally, the number of people who attended and          for an interesting lunch meeting presentation about
                                                           two hour shifts between the hours of 10       the things said and written about him is a testament to    the law and the media and ethical issues involved in
We are pleased to have seven schools in this years                                                       a man who served his family, his church, his county, his   being a legal commentator for Fox News and the
tournament; Beacon, Pawling, Pine Plains,                  a.m. and 4 p.m.                               state, and his country.                                    Poughkeepsie Journal.
Poughkeepsie, Spackenkill, Red Hook and Webutuck.
If you would like to attend a Mock Trial event, please     Please contact Janna at the DCBA office at    The Bar Association’s move and John Wolf’s mass            I want to remind our members about the next lunch
contact Janna at the DCBA office to obtain a copy of                                                     were two totally unconnected events. After the mass, I     meeting on March 12, 2009 with Bernice Lieber,
the tournament schedule.                                   (845) 473-2488 ext. 5 or                      went to the Bar Association’s new office to check on       President of the New York State Bar Association.
                                                  to volun-         the status of the move. One of the first things we did
                                                           teer or for more information about this       was to hang one of the membership composite photo-
                                                                                                         graphs in the new office. Chosen entirely at random,
                                                           event.                                        was the 1981 composite photo, the year John Wolf
                                                                                                         served as President of the Bar.

                                                                                                         On another sad note, Patty Biersack, the wife of the
                                                                                                         late William Biersack, has passed away. William
                                                                                                         Biersack, who died September 17, 2003 was a
                                                                                   DISCIPLINARY LAW
                                                                                                         practicing attorney with an office in Fishkill and was
                                                                                        (914) 682-0037
                                                                                                         also a former judge of the Village and Town of
                                                                                                         Fishkill.Mrs. Biersack is survived by two sons, William
                                                                                                         and Robert. Attorneys Ed McCormick, Bob Rahemba,
                                                                 RICHARD E. GRAYSON                      and Karen Palumbo are part of a committee to set up
                                                                  ATTORNEY AT LAW                        a trust fund for the care of their children. Memorial
                                                                                                         donations for the benefit of William and Robert may
                                                                                                         be made to the Biersack Family Trust c/o M&T Bank,
                                                             175 MAIN STREET, SUITE 307                  67 Jackson Street, Fishkill, NY 12524
                                                            WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK 10601
                                                                      On a happier note, Attorney Fred Schaeffer received
                                                                                                         the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Com-
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                                                    From Bench & Bar
                     From McCabe & Mack                                           From the Hon. Damian J. Amodeo
                                                                                  To the Members of the Dutchess County Bar
                    Kimberly Hunt Lee, a native of Poughkeepsie, became           Association,
                    a partner in the law firm of McCabe & Mack LLP on
                    January 1, 2009. Kimberly works primarily in the litiga-      As I begin my first full week of retirement, I just wish to
                    tion department of McCabe & Mack where she repre-             extend my sincere gratitude to the members of the
                    sents individuals, businesses and municipalities in the       Dutchess County Bar Association for the many
                    prosecution and defense of personal injury claims. She        kindnesses and courtesies which you have extended
                    has been with McCabe & Mack LLP since 1998. Kim-              to me during my entire legal career, both as a practic-
                    berly received her BA from Siena College in 1996 and          ing attorney and as judge sitting in Family Court.
                    JD from Albany Law School of Union University in 1999.        More recently, I wish to express my appreciation for the
                                                                                  wonderful retirement reception which was held on
                   From Edward Grady, Esq.                                        November 20th and for the generous gift and fine
                                                                                  portrait which were presented at that event. My wife,
                   Ed Grady is pleased to announce the opening of an              Carol, and I and our families thoroughly enjoyed our-
                   office for the general practice of law at 160 Church           selves as the evening progressed and as so many
                   Street, PO Box 785, Millbrook, NY 12545. Tel: 845-677-         kind words were spoken on my behalf.
                   3393 Fax: 845-677-3315 Email:
                                                                                  I also wish to, once again, extend a special “Thank
                                                                                  You!” to all the attorneys who regularly practiced before
                    From Handel & Carlini                                         me in my 20 years on the Family Court bench. Without
                   Evan Handel, Esq. and Anthony Carlini, Esq. are                your good efforts, often in the most challenging and
                   pleased to announce the opening of their firm, Handel &        trying of circumstances, my life would have been
                   Carlini. Their offices are located at 112 Delafield Street,    much more difficult and far less enjoyable. I will truly
                   Suite 200, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 and their phone              miss my regular contact with each of you in the days
                   number is (845) 452-3434.                                      and months ahead!

                                                                                  As I begin a new phase of my life, I look forward to
                                                                                  continuing my relationship with the Bar Association and
                   From Ostertag, O’Leary, Barrett & Faulkner
                                                                                  all of you, even if from a slightly different perspective.
                   The law firm of Ostertag, O’Leary, and Barrett is pleased      May the new year bring each of you much success,
                   to announce that Sharon Faulkner, Esq. became a                enjoyment and, above all, good health.
                   partner in the firm on January 1, 2009.
                                                                                  With continuing gratitude and best wishes, I remain
                   Sharon is a a graduate of Rutgers University and West-         Cordially,
                   ern New England College School of Law. Sharon is               Damian J. Amodeo
                   admitted to practice in New York, Hawaii and the District      Family Court Judge [Retired]
                   of Columbia. She is the 2008 recipient of the Law
                   Guardian of the Year Award.
                                                                                               Photos Needed!
                                                                                 Do you have a photo of a DCBA event that
                                  Congratulations!                               you can share with us? We are working on
                   Congratulations to the following DCBA Members who             a project for our 90th Anniversary. Photo
                   are being honored at the Greater Southern Dutchess
                   Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 Awards.
                                                                                  credit will be given and all photos will be
                                                                                     returned. Please contact Janna at
                                                                         for more
                            Michelle Almeida, McCabe & Mack                                      information.
                               Ian Lindars, McCabe & Mack
                    Joshua Mackey, Iseman, Cunningham, Reister & Hyde
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                     Watching the Knox Trial: A Student ’s Perspective
                      atchin      Knox                        spectiv
                                                Student’ Perspecti
                                                              by Barbara Butler, Marist College Intern

                   As a Marist College Junior studying abroad in Florence, Italy     her concern for Knox. “As a defense attorney, I am concerned for
                   on November 1, 2007, I was not far from Perugia, a pictur-        Knox as an American exchange student who has to succumb to
                   esque university city located half way between Florence and       the Italian justice system. She is a young girl at the mercy of the
                   Rome. For the eight thousand foreign students that populate       Italian government and there is no way to find out whether or not
                   Perugia, as well as my roommates in Florence, it was              she is being represented fairly. I am surprised there has not been
                   shocking to learn that this beautiful Italian town, famously      an extradition treaty to get her back here for the time being.”
                   known for its extravagant chocolate festival, was the scene for   The media in Italy and the tabloids in England have become
                   the brutal murder of Meredith Kercher, an exchange student        consumed by the lurid details of the crime and confidential
                   from England. Even more shocking was the arrest of her            materials frequently leaked by police, prosecutors, and defense
                   roommate, Amanda Knox, an American student studying               lawyers alike. In the courthouse last week the media throng and
                   abroad in Italy, for her alleged involvement in the crime.        paparazzi crowded together to view the two suspects as they were
                   On January 16, 2009 the pastoral countryside of Perugia once      brought into court for trial. Knox has become a mini-celebrity in
                   again drew the attention of the world media as the sensational    Europe, where she is tried daily in the court of public opinion for
                   murder trial of Know, a 19 year old Seattle native, began. Her    things like clothing, facial expressions and her My Space page.
                   junior year abroad should have provided an immersion into         More than two hundred witnesses are said to be available to
                   Italian culture, history, and learning. Instead it has become a   testify in what will likely be a nine-month trial, during which court
                   nightmare trial of sex, drugs, debauchery, and murder. Knox       will only be held on Thursdays and Fridays. To American lawyers
                   and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are         the process seems to be the antithesis of a speedy trial, but to
                   charged with killing Kercher. Another young man, Rudy             Italians, “the timing is extremely quick,” Francesco Maresca, an
                   Guede, from the Ivory Coast was also charged. Guede               attorney for the Kercher family, told the Perugia Journal.
                   elected a fast track trial and has already been convicted and     The case remains baffling to many. There does not seem to be
                   sentenced to thirty years in prison. Kercher’s semi nude body     any clear motive, no one can determine the precise time of death,
                   was found wrapped in a duvet cover on November 2, 2007.           and there is no definitive murder weapon. Famed New York
                   She had been strangled and her throat slashed.                    Attorney Joe Tacopina was given special access to Italy’s top
                   Knox and Sollecito have been charged with voluntary murder        crime lab as well as files from both the defense and prosecution.
                   with aggravating circumstances which carries a sentence of        He noted that the DNA evidence that supposedly links the knife
                   life imprisonment. Under Italy’s preventative detention law,      had a less than twenty percent chance of being Kercher’s and it is
                   suspects may be held in jail for a year without any indictment,   not even blood but simply human trace evidence. Tacopina also
                   something that would be unthinkable under our system of           took issue with the integrity of the crime scene. He observed that
                   justice. Prosecutors allege that Meredith Kercher was killed      the photographs originally taken and those taken two weeks later
                   during a drug fueled sex game. Although the post mortem           show the furniture moved and objects rearranged, making the
                   examination showed there was no evidence of rape, police          crime scene impure and the evidence variable.
                   suggest there was evidence of sexual assault. Perugia Police      The Knox family fears testimony from Rudy Guede who is now
                   Chief Arturo De Felice told the BBC, “A sexual motive is          serving thirty years. First, he claimed that he had consensual sex
                   probable.”                                                        with Kercher the night she was killed and that Knox and Sollecito
                   An eight inch long kitchen knife was also found at Sollecito’s    were not present in the apartment that evening. He claimed he
                   home with traces of Kercher’s DNA on the tip and arguably         awoke to find Kercher’s throat slashed and saw an intruder flee.
                   trace amounts of Knox’s DNA on its handle. Complicating           Now he may tell another story seeking to lower his own sentence.
                   matters for Knox’s defense are the many changing statements       If convicted the appeals process is also lengthy. The first verdict,
                   she has made on the subject. Initially she claimed to have        the Primo Grado, is viewed as provincial and may be appealed to
                   been at Sollecito’s house the night of the murder where they      the local appellate court, which some perceive is merely an
                   were smoking marijuana. Later she admitted being present          opportunity to rehearse arguments. Next, the verdict can be
                   but claimed another man actually did the killing while she hid    appealed to the Cassation, or the highest Court of Appeals in Italy.
                   in the kitchen with her hands covering her ears. Police have      Knox will have spent nearly two years in an Italian prison at the
                   stated that she crumpled under intense questioning. Her           close of her trial. While the case continues at the snail’s pace of
                   damaging statement was ruled to be inadmissible by Italy’s        the Italian justice system it is impossible to imagine that whatever
                   highest court or suppressed, as American lawyers would say,       the outcome Knox will ever be able to resume her life as she
                   when it was learned that she was subjected to lengthy             once knew it.
                   interrogations without a lawyer or even an interpreter present.
                   Jonna Spilbor, an influential New York defense attorney and
                   member of the Dutchess County Bar Association, expressed
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      DCBA Marks Holocaust
      DCBA                                                        Happy 90th Anniversary DCBA                                     State Bar President to speak at March Lunch
        Remembrance Day                                           2009 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Dutchess                                        The Dutchess County Bar As-       become not just an important voice, but the voice on
                                                                  County Bar Association. Much thought was given to                                      sociation is pleased to wel-      important legal issues. The agenda I’ve set for this
    On April 22, 2009 the Dutchess county Bar Association
                                                                  what type of event would be appropriate to mark this                                   come Bernice Leber, Esq.,         year is designed to help us accomplish that goal.”
    and the Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association will mark
    Holocaust Remembrance Day by welcoming Dean Larry             occasion. We understand these are challenging times                                    as the keynote speaker at our
                                                                                                                                                                                           This luncheon is sponsored by ALOS.
    Raful, Dean of Touro Law Center, who will present the         for our members, sponsors and friends of our organi-                                   March luncheon on March 12,
    program “Hitler’s Courts”. This event will be held at the     zation. Keeping this in mind, we have decided to host                                  2009. The luncheon will be        ALOS Micrographic Corporation is a versatile distri-
    Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center at the FDR      only one major event this spring.                                                      held at The Poughkeepsie          bution, sales, service, support, consulting and manu-
    Presidential Library and Museum.                                                                                                                     Grand Hotel beginning at          facturing enterprise that focuses on document man-
                                                                  On May 8, 2009 we will be hosting a Gala. This                                         12:15 p.m. The cost for this      agement solutions. ALOS is a national and interna-
    In addition to its regular programs, Touro Law Center         evening will serve as our Annual DInner and Law Day                                    event is $20 for members and      tional leader in document management through their
    hosts a number of specialized institutes and international    Celebration as well as our 90th Anniversary Celebra-                                   $25 for non-members.              lines of micrographic and electronic imaging products.
    law programs. Touro’s 2005 conference at the site of the      tion. We have decided not to host a Golf & Tennis                                                                        Their products and services are sold directly to end
    Nuremberg Trials has led to a new film, “Hitler’s Courts:                                                               Bernice K. Leber of New York City, a partner in the firm       users in the Hudson River Valley and beyond. ALOS
                                                                  Tournament this year.
    The Betrayal of the Rule of Law in Nazi Germany,” which                                                                 of Arent Fox LLP, has ascended to the office of Presi-         Micrographics Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of
    premiered in the fall of 2006. The film explores the com-                                                               dent of the 74,000-member New York State Bar Asso-             the Switzerland - based ALOS Holding AG. We also
                                                                  The Gala will be held at Poughkeepsie Tennis Club.
    plicity of the judiciary in Nazi atrocities. The film was                                                               ciation, the nation’s largest voluntary state bar. Leber       have sister companies, ALOS AG, which is located in
                                                                  Dinner will be provided by Cosimo’s Trattoria. Enter-
    created by documentarians Joshua M. Greene and Shiva                                                                    is the Association’s 111th president and for the first         Zurich, Switzerland, ALOS GmbH, located in Cologne,
                                                                  tainment will be by Bill’s Toupee, the Hudson Valley’s
    Kumar, and features archival footage, rarely seen photo-                                                                time its history, the Association has back-to-back             Germany and DD Dokumenten- und Datenservice
                                                                  most recommended dance band.
    graphs and interviews with leading voices in international                                                              female presidents.                                             GmbH, located in Stuttgart, Germany.
    law. Featured in the film are Whitney R. Harris, a member
    of the prosecuting team in Nuremberg in 1947; Justice         We hope that you will be able to join us as we not only
                                                                                                                            In keeping with her theme “Helping Lawyers, Helping            The first ALOS company, ALOS AG of Switzerland,
    Gabriel Bach, former assistant prosecutor at the 1961 trial   swear in our 2009- 2010 officers but celebrate our 90
                                                                                                                            Clients,” Leber has an aggressive agenda planned. Her          was founded in 1946 to produce photo-technical
    of Adolf Eichmann; Michael J. Bazyler, Professor of Law at    years of serving our members and community. Invita-
                                                                                                                            goals for the upcoming year include: working to prevent        equipment for use in the reprographic and document
    Whittier Law School; and Raymond Brown, Professor of          tions will follow in the coming weeks.
                                                                                                                            wrongful convictions, which undermine public confi-            management industry. ALOS was established in the
    Law at Seton Hall Law School. These and other experts                                                                   dence in the justice system; examining lawyers’ privacy
    who appear in the film examine the perversion of law                                                                                                                                   United States in 1977 as an original equipment manu-
                                                                                                                            rights to better protect attorneys and their clients; pro-     facturer (OEM) of microfilm equipment for Eastman
    under Nazi rule and discuss how distinguished lawmakers
                                                                                                                            viding new resources for solo and small firm practitio-        Kodak. Today, their OEM customer list has grown and
    were capable of complicity in the largest mass murder of
                                                                                   We’ve Moved!
                                                                                                                            ners; making recommendations on ways to make                   also includes other international companies. Although
    men, women and children in history.
                                                                                                                            courthouses more “user-friendly”; and producing a new          they still produce micrographic equipment, their
    This film will be the basis of Dean Raful’s presentation on                                                             report and recommendations on how New Yorkers can              products and services have expanded with the fast-
    April 22, 2009. Dean Raful is the fourth dean in Touro Law                                                              work to lessen global climate change.                          paced information and document management indus-
    Center’s history. Dean Raful is the son of a Holocaust                We are pleased to announce the                    “As lawyers, we have a responsibility to do the very
                                                                                                                                                                                           try. In 1980, they began selling their full line of micro-
    survivor. Prior to becoming Dean at Touro Law School, he                                                                                                                               graphic equipment under the ALOS label through a
    served for 11 years as the dean of Creighton University               opening of our new offices at 42                  best we can for our clients, and for society as well. I plan   national and international dealer network. In 1991,
                                                                                                                            to spend my year focusing on how this Association can
    School of Law. While at Creighton, Dean Raful served as
    chair of the Nebraska State Bar Committee to write a new
                                                                          Catharine Street, Poughkeepsie.                   make it easier for attorneys to do both,” Leber said.
                                                                                                                                                                                           ALOS introduced its first electronic filing system,
                                                                                                                                                                                           ALOSVIEW, which evolved into the current DocuWare
    set of legal ethics rules for Nebraska lawyers. Dean Raful                                                              “Whether by empanelling a blue ribbon Task Force to            product line. Today, ALOS proudly continues their over
                                                                                                                            find ways to prevent wrongful convictions or helping a
    received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of
    California at San Diego and his Juris Doctor degree from
                                                                       Our phone number, mailing address                    struggling solo practitioner in Upstate New York, the
                                                                                                                                                                                           30 year tradition of outstanding service by providing a
                                                                                                                                                                                           full range of document management and preservation
    the University of Denver College of Law. In 1999, his
    sense of ethics and humanitarianism won him the St.
                                                                        (P.O. Box 4865) and email will                      New York State Bar Association can make a difference
                                                                                                                            on issues of national importance, as well as improve

    Ignatius Award from the Jesuits at Creighton University’s                  remain the same.                             the practice of law all across this state.                     ALOS United States headquarters are located in
    Degleman Center. He is married with three daughters.                                                                                                                                   Montgomery, New York. Their building is a state-of-the
                                                                                                                            Leber continued, “During my year as President-elect, I         art 40,000-square foot facility, which encompasses
    This program is open to the public, however, seating for               Please stop by and see our new                   spent considerable time traveling around the state and         offices, a manufacturing plant and warehouse.
    this event is limited and reservations are encouraged.                                                                  listening to the concerns of our members. From these
    Please call Janna at the Dutchess County Bar Association                          location!                             experiences, it is clear to me that we need to find
                                                                                                                                                                                           Call the DCBA office at 845-473-2488 or email
    at (845) 473-2488 to reserve a seat for this event.                                                                                                                                    janna@dutchesscountybar. org to reserve your seat to-
                                                                                                                            interesting and productive ways for our lawyers to
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