Currently the Bronx County Bar Association has numerous committees, which fulfill the organization’s bylaws to provide services to the public, lawyers and the judiciary. The committees in existence currently are:
CIVIL COURTS COMMITTEE – observes the operations and make recommendations with regard to the functioning of all parts of the civil courts including compulsory arbitration as well as the civil part of the Supreme Court, Civil Court and the Court of Claims. The Chairperson of the Civil Court’s Committee is Robert A. Shaw, Esq.
COMPLAINT MEDIATION PANEL COMMITTEE – works in conjunction with the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Supreme Court Appellate Division – First Department, in reviewing complaints pre-screened by the Disciplinary Committee in taking appropriate action as authorized and promulgated by the Departmental Disciplinary Committee. Committee Chairperson is Daniel Chavez, Esq.
CRIMINAL COURT COMMITTEE – observes the operations of the criminal court and the criminal part of the Supreme Court and makes recommendations with regard to the functioning of those courts. The co-Chairpersons of the Criminal Court’s Committee are Marvin Ray Raskin, Esq. and Chris M. DiLorenzo, Esq.
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE– arranges for lectures on topics of current interest to members of the association. This committee also serves as a lead on setting up continuing legal education lectures, seminars and presentations. The Chairpersons: Criminal Division, Lunch-Time Series Corey A. Sokoler, Esq.; Civil Division, Lunch-Time Series Tina M. Wells, Esq.
ELDER LAW COMMITTEE – monitors and disseminates information to the members of the Bar concerning legal issues affecting the elderly and disabled. The Co-Chairpersons of the Elder Law Committee are T/B?A.
FAMILY & MATRIMONIAL COMMITTEE– examines the operations of the Family Court and makes recommendations with respect to the functioning of that court. The Chairperson of the Family Court’s Committee is Sergio Villaverde, Esq.
FEE CONCILIATION COMMITTEE– the Bronx County Bar Association along with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York County Lawyer’s Association are members of the Joint Committee For Fee Disputes and Conciliation . Information can be obtained from the New York County Lawyers’ Association at 212-267-6646 prompt 6.
INSURANCE LAW COMMITTEE– this committee reports to the association on all current developments concerning insurance law and serves as a resource for members of the association securing insurance.
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE– this committee endeavors to secure the nomination, election and/or appointment of qualified candidates to serve on the bench in Bronx County and also to prevent the nomination, election or appointment of unqualified candidates. The Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee is Robert H. Wolff, Esq.
LANDLORD AND TENANT COURT COMMITTEE -observes the operation of the landlord and tenant part of the Civil Court, known as the Housing Court and makes recommendations to the court on the functioning of those parts. The Co-Chairpersons of the Landlord and Tenant Court Committee are Frank J. Loverro, Esq. and Eric Wughalter, Esq.
LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE– is dedicated to dealing with large issues that affect our bar association. We are exploring ways to expand membership. We are networking with other bar organizations. We are working to improve our relationship with the judiciary and increase involvement by the judges of Bronx County. We are investigating any problems within the four courthouses–Civil, Criminal, Family & Landlord/Tenant–and finding solutions to better serve our members. The Chairpersons of the Leadership Committee is Christopher M. DiLorenzo, Esq.
LEGAL SERVICES COMMITTEE– studies the operation of effective legal assistance to the poor including the activities of the Legal Aid Society and other governmental funded programs to provide the legal services for the poor, as well as oversee the association’s legal referral program and the selection of members of the association to handle cases under Section 18-B of the County Law. The Chairperson of the Legal Services Committee is Lester C. Rodriques, Esq.
LIBRARY COMMITTEE– maintains the operation of the Library of the Association and continues to update the technology provided to members. The co-Chairpersons of the Library Committee are Alan B. Friedberg, Esq. and Daniel Chavez, Esq.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE – reviews the application of all prospective members of the association and determines whether a prospective candidate shall become a member of the association.
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE- provides scholarships annually to worthy students. Two scholarships, the Honorable Peggy Bernheim Memorial Scholarship & the Craig Lensch Memorial Scholarship, are awarded to law school students; the Kenneth Kase Memorial Scholarships are awarded to the two winners of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Program . In addition, we offer the Gerald V. Esposito Memorial “Courage” Scholarship to a Bronx-domiciled high school student who has been accepted in college and who has exhibited courage and character through their high years. The Chairperson of our Scholarship Committee is Alan B. Friedberg, Esq.
SURROGATE COURT COMMITTEE– examines the operations of the Surrogate’s Court and makes recommendations with regard to the functions of said court. The chairperson of the Surrogate Court Committee is T/B/A.