By Eagle Staff
Hon. Valerie Brathwaite Nelson, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department was designated as the liaison between the Second Department and Queens County Bar Association Leaders.
On March 18, Justice Brathwaite Nelson hosted an introductory meeting with the Bar Association leaders at her Jamaica chambers, where attendees discussed Unified Practice Rules of the Appellate Division, the local rules of the Second Department, oral arguments at the Second Department, the Second Department’s Mediation Program and the Second Department’s new rule concerning settlement or withdrawal of motions, appeals or proceedings.
Attendees included Patricia A. Powis, Esq., president, Columbian Lawyers of Queens County and a board member of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association; Eric Legh, Esq., executive director of the LGBT Bar of NY; Kristin Browne, Esq., president, LGBT Bar Association of Greater NY; Thomas J. Principe, Esq., treasurer of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Queens County; Hon. Valerie Brathwaite Nelson, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department; Warren Hecht, Esq., vice president of the Brandeis Bar Association of Queens County; Marie-Eleana First, Esq., President of the Queens County Bar Association; Ken Halperin, Esq. of the Jewish Lawyers Guild; Jawan Finley, Esq., president of the Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association and a board member of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association; and Johnnette Traill, Esq., Bureau Chief in the Queens District Attorney’s Office