Spring 2022 Newsletter
Recent news, events, and useful information from the
Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
During a decade when many professional associations struggled with a steady decline in membership, the Federal Court Bar Association quickly became my second home – a place where I found lasting relationships and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Since taking the helm of our great Association in January, I have spoken with many of you about ways we can better convey to non-members that, by joining our ranks, they too can find a home at the FCBA.

In January, the Federal Court Bar Association selected Tina Chericoni Versaci as its new Executive Director.

Featured Photo
At its annual dinner on December 9, 2021, the FCBA honored this year’s Scullin Scholars, who are (pictured left to right with Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.) Deana DiBenedetto, Albany Law School; Katherine Rahmlow, Cornell Law School; and Matthew Mayers, Syracuse University College of Law. This year, nearly 100 FCBA members attended the annual dinner at the Craftsman Inn in Fayetteville, New York, which featured remarks by Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby and a presentation by guest speaker Robert J. Searing, curator of history at the Onondaga Historical Association.
Maurice Christopher is the Director of Information Technology for the United States District Court and the United States Probation Office for the Northern District of New York. He began working for the Court in 2002, and now oversees a staff of nine people within the Clerk’s Office.

Since the publication of the Early Winter 2021 issue of the NDNY-FCBA newsletter, the issuance of decisions regarding New York State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has increased in pace, while the decisions themselves appear to have generally diminished in complexity when compared to the complexity of prior such decisions, as the law has been clarified by the Second Circuit, and various COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

The Constitutional Scholars Program’s Seventh Annual Constitution Contest is now accepting entries. The contest is open to all students in grades nine through twelve in the 32 counties that constitute the Northern District of New York

Upcoming Events
March 17 at 10, via Zoom
CLE on What Non-Bankruptcy Lawyers NEED to Know About Bankruptcy; more information here

March 23 at Noon, via Zoom
CLE on NDNY Local Rules: Updates, Amendments and What Practitioners Need to Know; more information here

March 28 at 1, via Zoom
21st Century Technology, Processes and Resources for CJA Panel Attorneys; more information here 
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Tell us what FCBA membership has meant to you. Did you learn something valuable? Did you meet a potential employee/employer? Did you make an important connection? Let us know by emailing schilders@ndnyfcba.org and tell us if we can share your comments on our website.
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