The NYCLA Civil Court Practice Section had its annual dinner on June 20, 2016 at the beautiful Battery Gardens Restaurant. Our honorees were the Honorable Anthony Cannataro, Honorable Ellen Gesmer, and Civil Court employees, Peter Di Genova and Che Che Solivan.
The New York City Civil Court is a special place. The Civil Court Practice Section seeks to recognize those individuals whose hard work and valuable services help make the Civil Court the unique and wonderful institution that it is. The Section also seeks to educate lawyers and the public about the Civil Court and offers practical advice about how to achieve fair and just results for the thousands of litigants who have cases there.
Over the past year, the Section has heard from several fine speakers who have recounted the important work performed in the Civil Court, including practitioners, judges, and our county clerk. We have worked on projects designed to help attorneys and litigants understand the role and purposes of Civil Court, as well as get a better understanding of how to navigate through its many technical and complex proceedings.
Our honorees reflect the ideals and work ethic of our Section. Judge Cannataro is the Supervising Judge of the New York County Civil Court and has helped initiate many important improvements to the functioning of the Court. Justice Ellen Gesmer has risen from a respected Civil Court judge to the Appellate Division. Serena Springle, the Chief Clerk of New York County Civil Court, accepted the Melvin C. Levine Distinguished Service Award on behalf of court employees, Che Che Solivan, an Associate Court Clerk assigned to the Housing Division who has been working in the courts since July 1994 and Peter DiGenova, a Senior Court Clerk assigned to the Civil Division who has been working in the courts since November 1992. Additional speakers included the Honorable Fern Fisher, the Honorable John J. Kelley (Co-Chair of the Civil Court Practice Section) and NYCLA President, Carol Sigmond, Esq.
The Co-Chairs of the successful dinner were Suzanne Adams, who also serves as a Co-Chair of the Section, and Nicholas Moyne. The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all! We look forward to your participation in next year’s dinner. Until then, please join our committees, as they are an essential part of the NYCLA experience.