Happy Lunar New Year – Year of the Dog!
Pictured above: NoBL’s President Hilary Gingold (first from the left), Margaret Ling (Chair of New York County Lawyers Association’s  Committee on Asian Practice), Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York’s President Karen Kim (fourth from left), and friends at a February 8, 2018 Lunar New Year’s Reception.  The reception was hosted by the New York County Lawyers Association’s  Committee on Asian Practice and co-sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, and the Filipino Bar Association of New York.  
This year, the Lunar New Year began on February 16, 2018 and celebrations continue for days following the start of the Lunar New Year.  The Lunar New Year falls each year in late January or February of a given year.
A Message from the President, Hilary Gingold – January 24, 2018

We started the year off celebrating Raymond J. Dowd, Past President of Network, for his contributions to the legal community and to the Network of Bar Leaders, awarding him with the Harold J. Baer Jr. Award. Those of you who came out to support Ray with fellow leaders and delegates of our member associations can attest to the fabulous turnout. A highlight of the year, for sure! 
The Network has additional good news to celebrate: the recent appointment of Justice Bernice D. Siegal, also a Past President of Network, as Associate Justice of the Appellate Term, Supreme Court, Second Department. Judge Siegal is the epitome of what a bar leader should be. She has, and continues to, mentor and encourage attorneys to volunteer and participate in bar association development.  (Please see the wonderful coverage of this development by the New York Law Journal.) 
The news these days is nothing short of dire: political firestorms through the world, wildfires in the west, earthquakes in the north, tsunamis on the coast, threat of federal government shutdowns, and ongoing dissension in politics that has clearly gotten to the point of no return. Forgetting the politics, natural disasters, and ongoing threats of war in almost every corner of the globe (so what else is new?), I would like to highlight the good I see each day from my colleagues. During the holiday season there was an overwhelming response from all of our member organizations, including the PRBA and the Bronx Supreme Court, donating money, clothes, food and medical supplies to Puerto Rico. Toy drives were abundant throughout the boroughs. If you want to volunteer your time for the New York City Food Bank’s Justice Served 2018 program, you’d better get out your calendars – many dates are closed out already because of the overwhelmingly positive response from attorneys throughout New York City. The opportunities to get involved, to advocate, to get in the trenches and use our legal skills to help those less fortunate right here in our hometown are plentiful, and the response to requests for service are answered almost as quickly as the posts are made. 

Thank you for keeping us informed about your association’s activities – I have attended many to date, and it has been gratifying to confirm that we are all united in providing the best services to our individual members, whether it be through networking, continuing legal education, or advocacy. Keep sending us your events and we will continue to promote your association amongst our fellow members.  

I hope to see all of you at our upcoming event on February 22, 2018 from 6-8 pm – #Feinmania – A Conversation with Judge Paul Feinman, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, moderated by our very own Meredith R. Miller, current Second Vice President for the Network and Past President of LeGal. Be sure to register! I know the evening will be intriguing as well as informative and I am looking forward to another great turnout from our members. 

Warm regards, Hilary Gingold, President – NoBL

NoBL’s Presentation of the Honorable Harold Baer, Jr. Award – January 10, 2018

Pictured here from left to right, Network of Bar Leaders current Board Members and Past Presidents back row: Executive Council and Event Sponsor William F. Dahill, Federal Bar Association, middle row: Executive Council Paula Edgar, Metropolitan Black Bar Association; First Vice-President Yacine Barry-Wun, New York Women’s Bar Association; Executive Council Kaylin Whittingham, Association of Black Women Attorneys; Past President and Event Sponsor Dan Marotta, Richmond County Bar Association; Diana Sen, Immediate Past President, Hispanic Bar Association; Treasurer Michael Kohan, Queens County Bar Association; Corresponding Secretary Bridgette Y. Ahn, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York; Phillip Schatz, Federal Bar Association, Past President Hon. Bernice D. Siegal, Brandeis Association; Second Vice President Meredith R. Miller, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York; Recording Secretary Edwina F. Martin, Staten Island Women’s Bar Association; Past President Hon. Lizbeth Gonzalez; Executive Council Domenick Napoletano, Brooklyn Bar Association; Past President Taa Grays, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, first row: Current President Hilary Gingold, Brandeis Bar Association; Past President and Honoree Raymond J. Dowd; Hon. George B. Daniels, United States District Court Judge, Southern District of New York.

Congratulations to Raymond J. Dowd, upon receiving the 2017-18 Honorable Harold Baer, Jr. Award on January 10, 2018, at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on January 10, 2018.  The evening began with welcoming remarks by NoBL’s President Hilary Gingold.  Many thanks to Judge George B. Daniels, United States District Court Judge, Southern District of New York, for presenting the award, and to  Philip R. Schatz, who gave historical remarks about the award. Photos may be viewed on our website.  Please click here to see the news coverage of the event by the New York Law Journal.

Event Sponsors:

GABOR & MAROTTA LLC | Mark S. Gottlieb, CPA, PC | Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association | Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP

See other other photos directly below.


President’s Message – Holidays with Our Member Associations on December 5, 2017!

As President of the Network of Bar Leaders, one of my goals this year has been to come out and spend time with each of our member associations – meeting your members and sharing ideas with one another. This is a busy time of year for all, and so far, the parties have been great! The best part of these events is seeing how many of our members belong to multiple associations, and come out to support each other. We are a non-partisan organization and it is truly uplifting to see the spirit of camaraderie and holiday spirit being shared by one and all!

We have enjoyed attending one another’s events, and putting the “Network” into action!  May each of you celebrate the season with peace, joy, good health  and most of all, lots of love!

We’d love to share your best holiday pictures – send them to us!   Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season’s Greetings!

Warmest Regards,
Hilary Gingold, President, Network of Bar Leaders

Please feel free to browse below for some of our holiday photos from 2017:

Jewish Lawyers Guild Immediate Past-President Shoshana Bookson welcomes the Network (President Hilary Gingold) to its Installation and Hanukkah Party at the Jewish Museum – Delicious Food, Fabulous Turnout!

PRBA President Carmen Pacheco and Past President Betty Lugo welcome the Network (Hilary Gingold) at TAJ II in midtown – Music to Dance and Wonderful Crowd – great welcome out of the rainy night!

New York County Lawyers Association’s Gala with Past Network of Bar Leaders President Raymond Dowd; Network of Bar Leader’s President Hilary Gingold’; and the President of the Federal Bar Association, Donna Frosco.

The Honorees from the Brehon Law Society’s Holiday Party – Judiciary Committee 2017.

Brehon Law Society’s Holiday Party, with Brehon Law Society’s President and Secretary (Jennifer Frankola Crawford and Eileen Burrowes, respectively).

Joint Holiday Party for the Brandeis Association, Hellenic Lawyers Association, Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association, Queens County Women’s Bar Association and St. John’s Law School Alumni Association of Queens County.  NYCLA Woman of the Year Honoree and QCWBA Leader, Hon. Margarite Grays; Bronx County Bar President Daniel Cassidy; and NoBL President, Hilary Gingold.

NoBL’s Treasurer, Michael Kohan, attends the Queens County Bar Association’s Holiday Party on December 7, 2017


Thanks for Attending NoBL’s “The People Make the Party” on November 1, 2017!

It was a great evening filled with fun, art, and discussion about membership engagement, at the Art Gallery of Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger & Richter LLP.  We cannot wait until the next event!

2017 Hurricane and Disaster Relief Efforts

Updated on October 11, 2017

**Message from NoBL.**  Due to a series of catastrophic events, from hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico to the most recent horror, the mass shooting in Nevada, our country is in crisis. The Network of Bar Leaders supports its member organizations in their efforts to provide aid. We offer our prayers and our resources, as individuals in both our personal and professional capacities. We encourage all our members to participate, because it is through participation that those without a voice, or those who cannot be heard, are listened to. The challenge is not only to be heard, but to be united in listening to one another, to work towards common ground, and to serve the greater good – these are  the values we cherish, and as members of Network, I truly believe that as one, we can and do, shape the world around us. Please let us know what you and/or your organization is doing to help – we will share it with the hope that your individual acts of kindness spread, and provide our fellow members with incentive to participate as well. Thank you all in advance.  

— Sincerely, Hilary Gingold, President of the Network of Bar Leaders

October 26, 2017 Hurricane Maria Fundraiser (with Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association – Region II, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, Latino Lawyers’ Association of Queens County, and Dominican Bar Association).  See here.

Legal Aid Hotline for Hurricane Survivors – A disaster legal aid hotline is now available for hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-800-310-7029.  The hotline operates through a partnership between the Legal Services Corporation of Puerto Rico, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC).  See here

Ways to Help Hurricane Victims (from the PRBA) – The Puerto Rican Bar Association lists ways to help victims of Hurricane Maria and Irma on its website.  See also ways to assist the Puerto Rico Legal Corps here.  See information about Puerto Rico donation drives here.

Federal Bar Association’s Post-Harvey Resource Page.  The FBA maintains a resource page pertaining to resources for providing relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  This includes information about gift card drives, volunteer activities, supporting lawyers in the affecting areas through the SOLACE program, etc.  See the page here.

NoBL Attends the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s Annual Gala – October 20, 2017

We were delighted to attend the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s Annual gala on October 20, 2017, at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers.  Current PRBA President Carmen Pacheco and Immediate Past President Betty Lugo displayed their finest leadership and organizational skills at their magnificent gala.  Attendees included countless members of the Federal and State benches, including  the Honorable Rolando T. Acosta, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department.  Justice Acosta swore in NoBL’s officers and Board members in September of this year.  Other attendees included Kaylin Whittingham (Association of Black Women Attorneys), Gloribelle Perez (Dominican Bar Association), Honorable Lizbeth Gonzalez (Past President of NoBL), and many of our other great bar leader friends.  

— Sincerely, Bridgette Y. Ahn, Corresponding Secretary of the Network of Bar Leaders and Immediate Past President of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York

NoBL Attends the Bronx Bar Association’s 115th Annual Installation Dinner – October 4, 2017

The Bronx Bar Association 115th Installation Gala  was held on October 4, 2017 at at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.  The view of the river could not compete with the stellar turnout for incoming Bronx Bar President Daniel D. Cassidy. Of course, Administrative Judge of Bronx County – Honorable McKeon, Administrative Judge Silver and Presiding Justice Acosta, Judge Canatarro and Judge Billings were there along with many others from the Judiciary to help celebrate. Noteworthy is how the entire Bronx Court Community has been donating towards a collection for Puerto Rico – from baby formula to batteries and toiletries. A very generous financial donation was also made. Proud to be part of this community!   Great to see our member bar leaders show support to one another – Michael McNamara, President of NYCLA, Gregory J. Newman, President of QCBA, Stefanie Burns, President of Westchester Bar, Michael Miller, President-Elect, NYSBA, Pat Meisenheimer, President of Suffolk County Bar, and Hilary Gingold, President Network of Bar Leaders.
          —- Sincerely, Hilary Gingold, President of the Network of Bar Leaders
NoBL Attends the Dominican Bar Association’s Annual Gala – September 19, 2017

The Dominican Bar Association’s Gala held on September 19, 2017, at Battery Gardens in Battery Park, New York was a wonderful evening!  Congratulations to their scholarship and award recipients. Dominican Bar President Vianny M. Prichardo and her fellow Board members did an amazing job – the event was certainly a highlight for the fall! Happy to see representation from bench and bar – Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, Honorable Rolando T. Acosta, Administrative Judge, New York County George J. Silver, Administrative Judge, Criminal Division – Queens County, Judge Joseph A. Zayas, Appellate Term, First Department – Bronx Supreme Court Judge Lizbeth Gonzales, just to name a few that were present that evening. Always great to see Betty Lugo, Carmen Pacheco, Immediate Past and Current Presidents of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Frank Torres, Immediate Past President of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, and Paula Edgar, President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association! 

                              —- Sincerely, Hilary Gingold, President of the Network of Bar Leaders

The Network of Bar Leaders Hosts Its Annual Induction Ceremony and Reception – September 12, 2017

Congratulations to Hilary Gingold, NoBL’s 2017-2018 President, and the balance of the Network of Bar Leaders’ Officers and Executive Council members for the new term.   See the list of the NoBL’s Officers and Executive Council members here.  A warm thanks to to everyone who attended, and to the incoming officers (Hilary Gingold, Yacine Barry-Wun, Meredith R. Miller, Michael Kohan, Edwina F. Martin, and Bridgette Y. Ahn), the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the Dominican Bar Association who helped plan the event, and who contribute so much to NoBL.   We were delighted to host the beautiful event at  the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York.  

The Honorable George B. Daniels, United States District Court Judge of the District Court of the Southern District of New York, gave opening remarks, and the Honorable Rolando T. Acosta, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, swore in the Officers and Executive Council members.  Presiding Justice Acosta was introduced by Betty Lugo, the Immediate Past President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association.  Ms. Hilary Gingold gave an inspirational speech about the exciting events planned for the upcoming term, which will include ample opportunities for the NoBL’s members to network amongst themselves.   A special thanks to Diana Sen, NoBL’s Immediate Past President, for her service in the previous term. Ms. Sen will continue her service to NoBL, as a new member of NoBL’s Executive Council.