James K. Landau and Douglas S. Trokie, both members of our Cannabis Law group, spoke at a CLE program entitled, “Impending Legalization of Cannabis 2019: The Buzzz for Businesses.” This program was co-sponsored by the FPA Greater Hudson Valley Chapter, the Westchester County Bar Association and the Westchester Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs.
Abby Rosmarin, a lawyer in our Mediation & Arbitration Practice Group, spoke in Lisbon, Portugal, at the 2019 35th International Annual Conference for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) on the following topic: “Family Transitions: The Mental Health Professional’s Role in Collaborative Divorce."
James K. Landau, a member of our Cannabis Law, Business Litigation and Appellate Practice groups, and Co-Chair of the Appellate Practice Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association, attending a symposium for bar leaders hosted by Justices Connolly, Cohen and Duffy of the Appellate Division, Second Department.
Judge Edward P. Borrelli, a member of our Trusts & Estates, Matrimonial & Family Law, Appellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration Practice groups, chairs the Judicial Campaign Ethics Subcommittee of the NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics. In that capacity, Judge Borrelli served on a panel at the NYS Judicial Institute in the taping of the "2019 Judicial Campaign Ethics Online Training Video.” All candidates for election to Judicial Office this year, including incumbent judges running for re-election (except Town and Village Justices), are required to timely complete this program during his/her candidacy.
James K. Landau and Douglas S. Trokie, both members of our Cannabis Law group, spoke on “Legalization Status of Cannabis and Hemp in New York & Connecticut.” This program was co-sponsored by BOHCA (Business Owners Hemp Cannabis Association).
Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate Practice, Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association for Cornell University’s ILR School. Her three-year term begins in June 2019. The ILR School of Cornell University is the leading college of the applied social sciences focusing on work, employment, and labor policy issues and practices of national and international significance. ILR's mission is to prepare leaders, inform national and international employment and labor policy, and improve working lives. As the world of work evolves, the school’s focus broadens to keep pace with that change.
James K. Landau, a member of our Cannabis Law, Business Litigation and Appellate Practice groups, gave an overview on recent decisions in cannabis law in a CLE program entitled, “Impending Legalization – Hot Topics in Cannabis Law.” The program was sponsored by Celesq and hosted by the West LegalEdcenter.
James K. Landau, a member of our Cannabis Law, Business Litigation and Appellate Practice groups, authored an article in in the May, 2019 issue of Westchester Lawyer, published by the Westchester County Bar Association, entitled, “Meet the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Division.”
Dolores Gebhardt, who is a member of our Appellate Practice, Collaborative Law and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was elected as a Vice President of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA) at its Annual Meeting on March 7, 2019; she was sworn in on May 1, 2019. WCBA, established on February 11, 1896, is a not-for-profit corporation with a voluntary membership of more than 2,000 lawyers. WCBA's purpose is to promote the ends of justice, cultivate jurisprudence, afford access to the courts to all who seek redress, facilitate the administration of justice, elevate the standards of integrity, honor, competence and courtesy in the legal profession, and participate with all members of society in seeking and perfecting the common good. Dolores has been active in the WCBA for many years and served as Secretary from 2017-2019.
Kristen Pennessi & Kathleen Donelli won an appeal in the Appellate Division, Second Department (Mitarotonda v. Mitarotonda, ___ A.D.3d ___ (2d Dep’t 2019) in which the lower court denied a post-divorce judgment motion, brought by the noncustodial parent (the “father”), to stop paying the custodial parent (our client, the “mother”) child support based on constructive emancipation. Under the doctrine of constructive emancipation, New York courts have held that child support payments may be suspended where the “custodial parent unjustifiably frustrates the noncustodial parent’s right of reasonable access.” Kristen and Kathleen successfully argued that our client, the custodial parent, did not deliberately frustrate or actively interfere with the father’s relationship with his children. Therefore, the court ordered that the father continue to pay child support even though his children refused to have meaningful contact with him.