Bashian & Farber, LLP Sponsors Meet the Judges Event at Pace Law School

   Meet the Judges 10.21.15

         Every year members of the legal community come together at Pace Law School at the annual Meet the Judges Event. Hosted by the Westchester County Bar Association, the event’s mission is to provide a venue for students attending Pace Law School to meet members of the judiciary.

This year the event was sponsored by Bashian & Farber, LLP, and attended by several of the firm’s staff including: Partner James L. Hyer, Associate Andrew Frisenda, Associate Jillian K. Markowitz, Associate Jordan C. Conger, and Paralegal Caitlin Baranowski. Mr. Hyer commented, “I am so proud that Bashian & Farber, LLP, had the opportunity to support such a fine event which attracted the participation of members of the bench at all levels of government, who interacted with the students in attendance,” and we look forward to sponsoring the event next year as well.

 

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Bashian & Farber Participates in the New York State 2015 High School Mock Trial Tournament

The New York State Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association and Pace Law School collaboratively held the New York State 2015 High School Mock Trial Tournament last month. Students were provided with materials including rules of procedure, evidence and pleadings, pertaining to a fictitious case wherein they were assigned to represent one of the parties. Bashian & Farber was pleased to support the event by having James L. Hyer serve as a competition judge at the Westchester County Courthouse. Following the mock trial, Mr. Hyer noted that “It was remarkable to see how prepared the students were and they had worked to develop their advocacy skills. I can’t wait to participate again next year.”

 

Appellate Motion Practice

Bashian & Farber is pleased to announce that Andrew Frisenda, a Senior Associate and Appellate practitioner, was a featured lecturer at the Westchester County Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee’s recent Continuing Legal Education seminar, “Appeals: What’s it all About?”

Held at Pace Law School, the event included several speakers who practice in both the State and Federal Appellate Courts. Mr. Frisenda spoke at length about Motion practice at the Appellate level, focusing on both practical and procedural considerations when before the Court. Andrew has practiced extensively in the Appellate Division, Second Department, the Appellate Court for Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Richmond, Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, and was recently involved in Motion practice before the New York State Court of Appeals which is New York State’s highest judicial authority.

This lecture was the first in a series hosted by the Westchester County Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee regarding Appellate practice, offering guidance to the Westchester legal community about this unique—and often complex—area of the law. Please contact Mr. Frisenda if you have any questions about this Continuing Legal Education series or Appellate practice in general.

 

Westchester County Bar Association’s Past Presidents

(above: Association’s Past Presidents Peter Zeltner, Gary Bashian, and John Marwell)
(above: Association’s Past Presidents Peter Zeltner, Gary Bashian, and John Marwell)

Gary E. Bashian and James L. Hyer, two of the firm’s partners, attended the Annual Meeting and Past Presidents Dinner of the Westchester County Bar Association held on March 4, 2015. The event included many local attorneys, judges, the President of the New York State Bar Association, and the Dean of Pace Law School. Bashian & Farber is pleased to announce that following a vote at this meeting, Mr. Hyer was elected to become a Director on the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Bar Association.

As a past President of the Association, Mr. Bashian noted, “The time that I have spent throughout my career in providing service to the profession through the Association have been personally fulfilling to me, and I am delighted that James will continue that tradition by taking a leadership position within the Association.”

 

Congratulations to Our Newest Attorney

Bashian & Farber, LLP, is proud to announce that Jordan C. Conger, Esq., who has worked as a Law Clerk with the firm for over a year, was admitted to the practice of law before the Courts of the State of New York by the Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Department, on November 12, 2014.

Mr. Conger is a graduate of Pace University School of Law, ’13, where he was an active member in Pace’s Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs, and served as a member of the Pace Law School Moot Court Honor Board. Mr. Conger was also able to hone his oral advocacy skills by making appearances at County Criminal Courts in Southern California, while participating as a Certified Law Clerk during his summer internship between his second and third year of law school. Mr. Conger also made appearances in both local criminal Court and the Integrated Domestic Violence Court as an Honors Extern with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, Yonkers Bureau, during his third year of law school.

Mr. Conger has worked with the firm primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Estate Litigation matters, as well as Guardianship, Real Estate, and Matrimonial proceedings. Bashian & Farber, LLP, is excited to promote Mr. Conger to the firm as an associate attorney, and Mr. Conger looks forward to the opportunity to be able to return to the Courtroom on behalf of our clients.

Pace Court Moot Judges

Jordan Conger, lawyer in waiting, sat as a Moot Court judge at the Louis V. Fasulo 1L Moot Court Competition, held on March 29 and March 30, 2014, at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York.

The Moot Court Competition was held over a two day period with nearly 150 first year law students from Pace University competing in their first oral argument competition. The Preliminary Round was held on March 29, 2014. The top 63 competitors then moved on to compete on March 30 with the winners of each round progressing onto Semi-Finals rounds of 32, 16, 8, and 4 competitors.

Mr. Conger, an alumnus of Pace Law School, competed as a first year student in the 1L Moot Court Competition during his time at Pace. Mr. Conger was one of the top 32 competitors in his class and he then went on to compete in the Advanced Appellate Advocacy at Pace Law School. Mr. Conger now returns to Pace Law School each year to sit as a Moot Court judge.

Jordan Conger, of Bashian & Farber, LLP sat as a Moot Court judge at Pace Law.
Jordan Conger, of Bashian & Farber, LLP sat as a Moot Court judge at Pace Law.