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FCBA Holds 19th Annual Dinner

More than 120 people attended the Federal Court Bar Association’s 19th annual dinner, held at the Crowne Plaza Desmond Hotel in Albany, on December 8, 2022.

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Robin Michael, a supervisor in the Clerk’s Office in Syracuse, received the Baerman Award, in recognition of her dedication to the administration of justice in the Northern District of New York. She received a painting made by the award’s namesake Larry Baerman, former Clerk of the Court for the Northern District of New York.

* Photo credits to Tracy Kaback Photography

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President’s Column: The FCBA’s Year in Review

Before I provide my year-end recap of the Federal Court Bar Association’s activities and achievements, I want to congratulate Judge Anne Nardacci on her recent confirmation as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York. Judge Nardacci spent the last 20 years litigating complex commercial cases in district courts nationwide. And she will soon discover, if she has not already, that she was confirmed to one of our nation’s most collegial benches whose judges discharge their duties with wisdom and care. Judge Nardacci’s confirmation is particularly welcome since she fills a seat that sat vacant for nearly seven years. But we’ve managed as a district due in large measure to the hard work of our judges and court staff. I want to specifically acknowledge our senior judges for their selfless commitment to our district. Although they are under no obligation to do so, many of them continue to carry substantial caseloads. Our district would be in dire straits without their service, and we owe them a special debt of gratitude.

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Featured Photo: A Great Turnout for Pro Bono Training in Albany and Syracuse

On September 29 and 30, 2022, the FCBA sponsored two in-person CLE trainings in Albany and Syracuse for court-appointed pro bono attorneys handling civil rights cases. Former FCBA President Mike Sciotti once again put together a comprehensive and informative program, which took practitioners from trial preparation and opening statements to jury verdict and post-verdict considerations in a Section 1983 case. 


We continue to see a growing need for attorneys willing to handle these matters in our district, and our panelists highlighted the unique opportunities that these cases can provide for both experienced practitioners and newly admitted attorneys who are looking to gain trial experience. We were encouraged by the great turnout and are looking forward to hosting this program again on October 4, 2023 in Albany and October 5, 2023 in Syracuse - so mark your calendars!

Judge Anne M. Nardacci Confirmed by U.S. Senate

Anne M. Nardacci was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 30, 2022 as the next United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York.

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Constitution Contest Continues to Inspire High Schoolers Across District

The FCBA’s Annual Constitution Contest encourages high schoolers to think, speak and write in constitutional terms, and this year’s categories allowed participants to express themselves using fun and innovative methods of communication.

Entries came from seven high schools in four counties across the Northern District: Bethlehem Central High School in Albany County, Cazenovia High School in Madison County, Clayton A. Bouton High School (Voorheesville) in Albany County, Clinton Senior High School in Oneida County, Fayetteville-Manlius High School in Onondaga County, Guilderland High School in Albany County, and Jamesville-DeWitt High School in Onondaga County.

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Upcoming Events: Winter 2023

January 25, 2023, noon to 2 p.m.: CLE: Legal Writing with Michael Langan, Esq.; registration details, including remote attendance information, coming soon

April 3, 2023: Who me? A Bankruptcy or Magistrate Judge? The federal Judiciary, led by the Judicial Conference Committees on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System and the Magistrate Judges System, will hold the second iteration of the national diversity event for law students and attorneys, “Roadways to the Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy or Magistrate Judge?” For more information click here.  

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District Bids Teary Farewell to Gioia Gensini

More than 50 people gathered in September to say goodbye to career law clerk Gioia Gensini, a backbone of the Court for the past 40 years. At a catered event at Yards Grille at Green Lakes State Park outside of Syracuse, they listened to expressions of admiration and respect from U.S. Circuit Judge Rosemary S. Pooler and Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew T. Baxter, and then expressions of thanks by Gioia herself.

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NDNY Honors Pro Bono Attorneys

On September 27, 2022 in Syracuse and October 17, 2022 in Albany, the FCBA First Decade Committee and the Judges of the Northern District of New York were honored to recognize attorneys who accepted appointment to represent at least one civil litigant without compensation in the Northern District of New York in the years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

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Featured Photo: We Beat The Rain! 

Pictured above is the Hinckley Allen team: from left to right, Chad Caplan, Steve Rosemarino, Chris Fenlon, and Janelle Pelli.

This year’s golf event was held on September 19, 2022, at the Mohawk Golf Club in Schenectady. Despite the dire forecast, over 45 members and friends came out to play on the beautiful 18-hole parkland course. “Luck favors the prepared” as they say, and our last-minute tweaks to the schedule paid off: all the golfers were able to get in their last strokes before the sky opened up!

Special thanks to our golf sponsors: Dreyer Boyajian, Porter Law Group, Whiteman Osterman and Hanna, Bond Schoeneck & King, O’Connor & Partners, and Barclay Damon. 

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