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Welcome to the Putnam County Bar Association Website

OUR NEXT MONTHLY MEETING IS A FREE CLE EVENT ON 

Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 12:00pm

at GEORGE'S RESTAURANT CARMEL, NY

Our guest speaker on April 9th was Timothy O’Sullivan, Esq., the Executive Director of The Lawyers Fund for Client Protection. Mr. O’Sullivan offered a description and explanation of the role and operation of the entity that collects and distributes $60 out of every active New York attorney’s biennial registration fee. This was a very informative discussion and among other things, provided all attendees with a better understanding as to how The Lawyers Fund For Client Protection benefits clients in Putnam County and across New York State.

Upcoming Events: 

Law Day Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm program
5/8/14 CLE Real Estate Ethics free program presented to PCBA members by The Judicial Title Company at The Travelers Rest, Ossining, NY (more information in calendar)
5/8/14 CLE Sponsored by Putnam County Treatment Court May 8, 2014 in Putnam County Courthouse Jury Room
CLE 5/14/14 Domestic Violence 2.5 credits (free program all are welcome) George's, Carmel, New York 12:00pm-2:30pm
6/26/14 Golf Outing and One hour Employment Law CLE at Trump National Hudson Valley (CLE is free)
CLE New Service of Process Legislation (fall 2014 date to be announced)
 

Recent Events

 65th ANNUAL PCBA DINNER--3/27/14-Chalet on the Hudson-Honoring Judge Francis A. Nicolai and Christopher York, Esq. Guest speakers included Justice Alan D. Scheinkman, Administrative Judge of the 9th Judicial District, Justice Lewis Lubell, Justice Victor Grossman and Judge James F. Reitz.

Mock Trial (session #2) 3/31/14 5pm at County Office Building Courtroom.
Mock Trial (session #1) 3/24/14 5pm at County Office Building Courtroom.

If you missed our latest meeting on March 12, 2014 at George's Restaurant, you missed our guest speaker, The Honorable Victor G. Grossman, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York address the Bar concerning his part rules and the manner in which Judge Grossman will be running his new Part in Supreme Court, Putnam County.  

 

If you missed our February meeting, you misseed our speaker, Merry Abraham, Esq., the Putnam County Bar Association’s delegate to the New York State Bar Association's House of Delegates report of the recent activities of the House of Delegates including the recently adopted 22 NYCRR 118.1e(4) (Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts) concerning “Mandatory Reporting of Pro Bono Service and Contributions” which affects every attorney in the State of New York.

THE PUTNAM COUNTY COURTHOUSE IS OPEN

(FLOOD RELATED CLOSURES HAVE ENDED)

 

If you missed our first monthly lunch meeting of the year on January 8, 2014, you missed two guest speakers. Libby Pataki, Director of the Putnam County Tourism office discussed this year’s major event, The Putnam Cycling Classic and how our members and their clients can become “featured” businesses and participate and benefit from the marketing and promotion of this and all of Putnam County’s events. Our second speaker, Juliet Doyle, MS, MFT is an Early Recognition Specialist in charge of the RISE program at Putnam County Family and Community Services discussed the free, confidential, behavioral health screenings, available to all clients and their family members under the age of eighteen.  

Our monthly lunch meetings are scheduled to take place on the second Wednesday of each month: 1/8, 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/17, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12 and 12/10. Some meetings could be preempted by other events so check the website and your inbox since email confirmations are sent to the membership before each meeting. 

 

If you missed our December 2013 meeting, in addition to  our annual elections (congratulations to all of our new as well as our newly re-elected Officers and Directors), you missed our guest speaker, Anne E. Ellsworth, the Executive Director of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Woman's Resource Center discussing the various resources made available by her organization to our clients.

 

THANKS TO THE PUTNAM COUNTY COURTHOUSE STAFF FOR HOSTING A TERRIFIC HOLIDAY PARTY AT THE SOUTHEAST GRILLHOUSE ON DECEMBER 5, 2013. 

 

If you missed our November 13, 2013 lunch meeting, you missed, our guest speaker, Joyce Mitchell, CLU, CHFC, Director and Mediator at DFFM - Divorce Family and Financial Mediation, discuss how attorneys and professional mediators can work together to help solve clients' financial, family and domestic relation related disputes. We were also joined by New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR JUDICIAL AND NON JUDICIAL MEMBERS WHO WON ON ELECTION DAY

 

COURT SYSTEM ELECTION GUIDE NOTICE

The Judicial Campaign Ethics Center of the New York State Unified Court System has prepared a non-partisan Judicial Voter Guide at www.nycourts.gov/vote with information about judicial candidates on the ballot in each county based on information provided by the state and county board of elections. The non-partisan Judicial Candidate Voter Guide was designed to help voters make a more informed decision on Election Day. It includes descriptions of elective judicial offices throughout the state. The Guide also provides a list of judicial candidates on the ballot in each county based on information provided by the state and county boards of election. The Putnam County page can be reached directly at:

 http://www.nycourts.gov/vote/2013/county/putnam.shtml%20

October 2013 Meet and Greet Event

If you missed PCBA's Fall "Meet and Greet" event on October 16. 2013 at the Southeast Grillhouse, you missed an opportunity to spend some casual time away from the courtroom and conference table with your colleagues.

*IF YOU MISSED OUR SEPTEMBER LUNCH MEETING *

If you missed our meeting on September 11, 2013, you missed a presentation by Hans J. Schlange, the Director of the Dispute Resolution Center in Putnam County. The Dispute Resolution Center is a part of the New York State Unified Court System’s network of Dispute Resolution Centers. Mr. Schlange discussed the Dispute Resolution Center's relationship with the court system, how the organization is funded, the various services it offers (including those related to custody, visitation, divorce, consumer transactions such as the Lemon Law) and the educational programs it makes available to the community.

 

OUR JUNE 2013 FREE CLE EVENT WAS A 2 CREDIT PROGRAM DESIGNED AS AN INTRODUCTORY REVIEW OF THE NEW YORK STATE AND FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAWS

(THE PCBA THANKS TD BANK FOR PROVIDING THE CLE ATTENDEES WITH BREAKFAST)

 

IF YOU MISSED OUR MAY 2013 LUNCH MEETING

If you missed our May, 2013 meeting, you missed a presentation from Ronald J. Salvato, Esq., an Orange County practitioner who regularly appears in the Orange County Courts. The Goshen Court complex including the County Clerk's office continue to be affected by severe storm damage. Mr. Salvato provided our members valuable information about filing papers at the temporary Clerk's office, foreclosure auction procedures and how the various Court calendars have been affected by the physical damage to a large portion of the Courthouse complex.  

PCBA's Annual Law Day Observance Ceremony

was on May 1, 2013 at 12:30pm

at the Historic Courthouse on Gleneida Avenue

Our Principal Speaker was: Hon. John W. Sweeny, Jr. 

A Law Day Proclamation was Presented by: County Executive MaryEllen Odell

 

 THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED OUR ANNUAL DINNER ON APRIL 18, 2013  

We Proudly Honored

*George and Libby Pataki *

Presenters included:    Hon. John W. Sweeny, Jr.

                                Hon.  MaryEllen Odell 

     Free 2 Credit CLE

On April 5, 2013 at the Putnam County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room from 1:45pm - 3:45pm, the PCBA co-sponsored a free two credit CLE program with The New York State Judicial Institute, Center for Court Innovation entitled "Children's Exposure to Domestic Violence: Practical Considerations for Attorneys and Service Providers". It was a great program that served to assist all counsel in the representation of children in domestic violence settings. Thanks to all who attended and all who worked to put this free event together. (Another free 2 credit CLE program is being planned for late Spring of 2013.)

IF YOU MISSED OUR LUNCH MEETING ON 3/13/13

     You missed an informative presentation from our guest speaker, Peter Fluchere, a Certified Real Estate appraiser and owner of the Fluchere Appraisal Service in Carmel, New York. Peter discussed the training and qualifications required for registered and certified appraisers and reviewed the current status, factors and trends associated with residential and commercial real estate values in Putnam County. He answered several questions on a variety of topics associated with the many proceedings and projects handled by counsel that involve real estate appraisals and the presentation proved to be valuable to all who were able to attend. 

 

ATTENTION MEMBERS-- IF YOU MISSED OUR LUNCH MEETING ON 2/13/13

     You missed a report from our Delegate to the New York State Bar Assocation House of Delegates concerning the action taken at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City on January 25, 2013. In particular, the Report of Special Committee on Voter Participation, Report of Special Committee on Human Rights and report of the Task Force on Family Court were discussed. We also reviewed New York Penal Law Section 220.78, a relatively recent law concerning defenses to certain drug and alcohol offenses.

At our January 2013 meeting, 2 Guest Speakers discussed and reviewed the Freedom of Information Law

With Putnam County in the National news over a newspaper's controversial actions following its Freedom of Information Law requests, this month's speakers, Andrew Negro, Esq. of the Putnam County Law Department and Putnam's Deputy County Clerk, Michael Bartolotti discussed the Freedom of Information Law.

Our website is constantly improving and will soon contain the names of all of our members and helpful links to other websites associated with our County's court system.

Are you looking for a referral to an attorney who practices law in Putnam County, New York? Click on the "Referral Service" tab for more information. 

For contact and more information about our Association, click on the "About the Bar Association" tab. For members interested in joining one of our Committees, contact any of your Officers or Board members listed at the "About the Bar Association" page for more information. For any and all other inquiries, you can email the PCBA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

All members and attorneys interested in joining the association are encouraged to attend our general membership lunch meetings held on the second Wednesday of most months and other scheduled meetings and special events. Please consult the "Calendar of Events" page for information concerning meetings and other upcoming PCBA activities. Contact the PCBA to request a membership application. 

For a list of the current Officers and members of the Board of Directors of the PCBA, click on the "About the  Bar Association" page.

The Putnam County Bar Association enjoys a membership of private sector and public service attorneys and members of the Judiciary. The PCBA participates in the local civic arena to support the community such as the annual High School Mock Trial competition, scholarships and as a source of Continuing Legal Education for its members. It also represents Putnam County in the New York State Bar Association providing a local voice in statewide and nationwide issues facing our Legal System.

The Putnam County Bar Association is committed to the promotion of the continued collegiality of the attorneys practicing law in our community which can result in better and more efficient results for our clients. We are also committed to the integration of the Bar Association and its members with local, non partisan organizations for the betterment of our community.

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