The Rensselaer County Bar Association is dedicated to its mission of serving members of the bench, bar and community of Rensselaer County, New York.
Please explore this website to find information on our organization, quarterly newsletters, happenings in the legal community, and information on how to join our organization.
The association is attempting to modernize our membership mailing list and to incorporate a master email list so that we may send out timely notices to our members. If you have not received a dues notice or contact update form, please contact us by email at email@example.com to add your name to our new list.
This year Rensselaer County had five area high schools competing: Catholic Central High School, Columbia High School, The Doane Stuart School, Emma Willard School and La Salle Institute.
Co-Coordinators Olivia Karis-Nix, Esq., and Jessica B. Mocerine, Esq., wish to express their gratitude to those who served as judges: Supreme Court Justice Richard J. McNally, Jr., Nancy Bergman, Esq., Anne Coonrad, Esq., Michael Derevlany, Esq., Linda Johnson, Esq., Keith Muse, Esq., Michael Shanley, Esq., and Jennifer Shatz, Esq.
Thank you to the following attorneys who served as legal advisors to some of the participating schools: Monica Skanes, Esq., Vitaliy Volpov, Esq., Cynthia Tippins, Esq., and John Fischer, Esq.
A special thanks to the Honorable Richard J. McNally, Jr., for judging our finals held on March 22, 2017, between The Doane Stuart School and Emma Willard School. Emma Willard School was our County Champion and will move on to the Regionals to be held on April 29, 2017, in Montgomery County.
Also thank you to Richard Reilly, Chief Clerk of the Rensselaer County Courthouse and courthouse staff for all of their assistance during the tournament.
If any member is interested in serving as a legal advisor to one of the local high schools for next yearâ??s tournament, please contact Olivia Karis-Nix, Esq., at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Mocerine, Esq., at email@example.com more
Election of Officers and Executive Committee and Recognizing 50 year Members of the Bar
The Rensselaer County Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Franklin Terrace, Troy, New York. The Bar Association will proudly be honoring David T. Garvey, Esq., and Patrick T. Maney, Esq., as 50 year members of the bar. We hope you can join us to recognize their service to the bar.
The Bar Association will also be electing its Officers and At-Large Members to the Executive Committee.
The Slate of Candidates is as follows:
President: Olivia Karis-Nix
First Vice-President: Jessica B. Mocerine
Second Vice-President: Sarah K. Hansen
Third Vice-President: Dana L. Salazar
Treasurer: Michael J. Derevlany
Secretary: Jennifer C. Shatz
Executive Committee: Richard D. Ceresia
Executive Committee: Kelly Cramer
Executive Committee: John C. Florsch, IV
Executive Committee: Kevin P. Glasheen
Executive Committee: Linda B. Johnson
Executive Committee: Rachael E. Kruse
Executive Committee: James E. Prout
Executive Committee: Edward O. Spain more
On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Bar Association held its annual Judges Dinner and recognized newly elected Supreme Court Justice the Honorable Andrew G. Ceresia. The Bar Association also unveiled the portraits of retired Supreme Court Justices the Honorable Edward O. Spain and the Honorable George B. Ceresia. The portraits will be hung for display at the Rensselaer County Courthouse.
This year Rensselaer County will have six area high schools competing: Averill Park High School, Catholic Central High School, Columbia High School, The Doane Stuart School, Emma Willard School and La Salle Institute.
Attorneys are needed to serve as Judges for the mock trials which will be held in March and April 2017 and are held at the Rensselaer County Courthouse beginning at 4:00 p.m. Attorneys are also needed to serve as legal advisors to the high school programs. Attorneys who participate in New York State Mock Trials are eligible for New York CLE Credit.
Attached please find a Memorandum regarding the implementation of mandatory and consensual electronic filing in Orange County Supreme Court.
At the Courthouse Artwork Restoration Gala, the Rensselaer County Bar Association recognized the following 6 members as 50 year members of the bar: Joyce M. Galante, Esq., Jonathan P. Harvey, Esq., E. Stewart Jones, Jr., Esq., Freling H. Smith, Esq., Edward O. Spain, Esq., John J. Sweeney, Jr., Esq.
Judge Edward O. Spain was also awarded the Jones Award that evening. The Courthouse Artwork Restoration Committee further unveiled the restored 1900 Bench and Bar photograph which will be hung in the Rensselaer County Courthouse.