Legal parties: Brooklyn Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association host back-to-back events

Legal parties: Brooklyn Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association host back-to-back events
From left, Oleg Rybak, Judge Theresa M. Ciccotto, Karina Barska, and Judge Katherine Levine with her daughter get together at the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association’s 99th annual dinner at The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook on June 15.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

They exercised their legal right to assemble.

The Brooklyn Bar Association and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association held back-to-back events last week where attendees hailed the achievements of past and present leaders and passed the baton to future ones, celebrating those individuals who have made the professional organizations more like families, according to the bar association’s new president.

“As a young attorney, I grew up in this bar association,” said Aimee Richter. “My earliest memories are of sitting in [Bar Association executive director Avery Okin’s] office in my 20s, crying about some problem that I thought was the end of the world. But he never laughed and was always there for me. That’s the kind of thing a family like the bar association does.”

Richter, a partner in the family law and matrimonial law firm Lee, Anav, Chung, White, Kim, Ruger & Richter LLP, was sworn into her post at an induction ceremony for newly elected Brooklyn Bar Association officers and trustees at Borough Hall on June 14.

Several former Bar Association officials praised Richter in front of a packed ceremonial courtroom following her appointment.

“She embodies everything that is best about the BBA,” said former president Andrea Bonina. “She’s loving, loyal, and unbelievably brilliant — one of the smartest people I know.”

Other officers installed at the ceremony included president-elect David Chidekel, first vice president Frank V. Carone, second vice president Anthony J. Lamberti, secretary Armena D. Gayle, and treasurer Richard Klass.

The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association held its 99th annual dinner the following night, honoring two acclaimed women in the borough’s legal community and bidding farewell to outgoing president Sara J. Gozo.

“It was a great year,” Gozo said. “I feel that we have all taken the organization to even greater heights, including adding over 100 new members to its ranks.”

The organization presented the Beatrice M. Judge Recognition Award — which is named for the first woman to sit on the Kings County Supreme Court bench — to Nancy T. Sunshine, County Clerk of Kings County, Clerk of the Supreme Court, and Commissioner of Jurors.

“It’s really very special to receive an award named after such a distinguished attorney, leader, and first justice of the Supreme Court of Kings County,” Sunshine said. “Not only did she make society better for all of us, but because of her perseverance and achievements she opened the door for other women to follow and achieve.”

And the Women’s Bar Association bestowed the Sybil Hart Kooper Award, named for a state Supreme Court justice who championed women’s rights, to Lisa Schreibersdorf, the founder and executive director of the Brooklyn Defender Services, one of the country’s largest public defense firms.

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