‘Truly an exciting night’; Brooklyn Bar Association hosts annual awards dinner at El Caribe

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The Brooklyn Bar Association honored a dozen of the borough’s finest lawyers and judges at its annual awards dinner on Dec. 4.
Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

The Brooklyn Bar Association held its annual award dinner celebrating the work of the attorneys and judges of the borough on Dec. 4. 

The gala, which took place at El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin, saw the legal elite of Brooklyn dressed in their finest attire as the association handed out two awards to distinguished members of the law community. 

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Lawyers and judges dressed in their finest for the annual event. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

The President’s Award was given to attorney Howard Fensterman, managing partner of Abrams Fensterman LLP, and the Distinguished Judicial Service Award to Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix, the current Corporation Counsel of New York City — essentially, the head of the city’s law department.

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Howard Fensterman, of Abrams Fensterman LLP, took home the President’s Award. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta
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Sylvia Hinds-Radix, head of the city’s law department, received the Distinguished Judicial Service Award. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

“It was a very exciting evening as many judges, lawyers and other dignitaries in the legal community came out to celebrate the Brooklyn Bar Association’s annual dinner,” said Joseph S. Rosato, the president of the Brooklyn Bar Association.

“Hosted at the El Caribe, the almost 600 guests were treated to great food, great music and the camraderie only offered in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bar Association was especially fortunate to have two pillars in the legal community as its honorees … It was truly an exciting night for all.”

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Frank Seddio (left,) former head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, attended the flashy event. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Also honored were ten judges who have retired or are retiring this year. The judges were Hon. Joseph Gubbay, Hon. Esther Morgenstern, Hon. Evelyn Laporte, Hon. Mark Partnow, Hon. Donald Kurtz, Hon. Delores Thomas, Hon. Karen Rothenberg, Hon. Robin S. Garson, Hon. Michael R. Milsap and Hon. Reinaldo E. Rivera.

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Award winners and honorees celebrated their success.Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Established in 1872, the Brooklyn Bar Association was created to promote professional competency within the legal community within Brooklyn and increase overall respect for the legal system, according to the association’s mission.