FCBA Holds Annual Dinner, Honors Lawyers and Students

Left to right: Senior United States District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn, Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby, and Donald W. Boyajian of Dreyer Boyajian LLP

The FCBA held its 14th annual dinner on December 7, 2017, at the Hilton in Albany.

FCBA President Adam R. Shaw, a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, welcomed the dinner’s approximately 90 attendees.

FCBA Vice President Joann Sternheimer introduced the year’s 3 Scullin Scholars, 1 each from the law schools within the NDNY. This year’s awardees were Catherine D. Kemp of Albany Law School, Justin R. Cajero of Cornell Law School, and Kristina A. Cervi of Syracuse University College of Law.

Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby delivered remarks on the productivity and efficiency of the Court, and acknowledged 12 lawyers who have been members of the NDNY Bar for 50 years.

Left to right: United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino, FCBA President Mitchell J. Katz of Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C., and Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz

Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. introduced John Duncan, a retired federal prosecutor who was selected to receive the Hon. James Duane Award (you can read a profile of John Duncan here).

The FCBA also honored Syracuse attorney Robert Wells, and his office manager Valerie Schond, for their 6 years of participation in the Pro Se Assistance Program, in which they assist civil litigants who are representing themselves in federal court.

FCBA Vice President (now President) Mitchell J. Katz, a partner at Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C., provided concluding remarks to end the evening (the remarks are available here).

Scullin Scholar Kristina A. Cervi of Syracuse University College of Law, with Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.

Scullin Scholar Catherine D. Kemp of Albany Law School, with Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.

Scullin Scholar Justin R. Cajero of Cornell Law School, with Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.

FCBA Board Member Karen S. Southwick with John Duncan, winner of the 2017 Hon. James Duane Award