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55 Nassau Law. 1 (2005-2006)

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ar Association

September 2005
A tribute to Judge Bernard S.
Meyer will be held on Sept 19 at
9:30 a.m. in the Central Jury
Room of Nassau County
Supreme Court. See page 3.
CLE SURVEY
Please return the CLE Survey
insert inside. Your feedback is-
very important to us and our pro-
gram planning. One attorney's
name will be drawn from the sur-
vey responses to receive a FREE
Five Session CLE Ticket.
Champions for CharityTM
WE CARE partners with
Americana Manhasset for this
Holiday Shopping Benefit
Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2005
For more info. see page 16
Metm    .' State Sensat.m
Luncheon at Domius
Sept. 30, 2005 - 12:30 p.m,
NCBA Member Benefit:
ID Card Photo-Tech Center
Oct. 18, 19, 20, 2005
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members only.
Juiciary Night
Sept. 21, 2005
5:30 p.m. at Domus
Members only.
WE CARE Italian Feast
Oct. 22, 2005
7 p.m. at Domus
WE CARE
Sumptuous Sampling
Nov. 7, 2005
5:30 p.m. at Domus
The Lawyer Assistance Program
provides confidential help to
lawyers and judges for
alcoholism, drug abuse and
mental health problems.
Call 1-888-408-6222.
Calls are completely confidential.
Academy of Law ...... 18-19
Calendar  ........... Insert
Classified  ............. 33
Domus Doings .......... 4
From the President ....... 4
In  Brie  . .............. 8
WE CARE '... ......... 22

www. nassaubar. org
Domus on the Lawn '05

WARMLY WELCOMED: Association Membership Committee Chair Charlene Thompson
and NCBA President Christopher T. McGrath welcome Dean Aaron Tweraki, Dean of
Hofetra University School of Law.

he        perennial favorite, the
Domus-on-the-Lawn event
was   held   this  year   on
September 7, a Wednesday evening.
The end-of-summer barbecue was a
relaxing evening bringing together
members and prospective members. It
was an opportunity for NCBA mem-
bers to enjoy the camaraderie of their
colleagues and it provided a gentle

segue to the back-to-school and back-
to-work mood that the first week of
September always brings.
2005's Domus-on-the-Lawn, wel-
comed Dean Aaron Twerski, the
newly   named   Dean   of Hofstra
University School of Law. Dean
Twerski has expressed his desire to
See DOMUS, Page 6

Monetary donations payable to the WE CARE Fund
should be sent to NCBA by Oct. 1, 2005, attn: Dede Unger.
NewYork's new limitation
of vicarious liability

By DEANNE M. DIBLASI
On Aug. 10, 2005, President Bush signed
HR3, the Transportation Equity Act, legis-
lation, repealing vicarious liability, into
law. 2 As a result of this repeal, car leasing
and rental companies will no longer be held
liable for accidents that their leased or rent-
ed vehicles are involved in. But, what does
this really mean? Basically, this industry
has been granted a special exemption that
no other vehicle owner enjoys, an exemption
that will be paid for by the taxpayers of this
State and by those people who have been
maimed or who have lost family members
through no fault of their own.
The New York State statute which is
repealed by operation of law, section 388 of
Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL), was enacted

to ensure that individuals who are serious-
ly injured in the State as a result of the neg-
ligent operation of a motor vehicle have a
financially viable vehicle owner from whom
the victim can seek redress.3 Although the
law's most vocal critics have been the leas-
ing companies, the statute actually applied
to all motor vehicles, not merely to leased
vehicles. Specifically, the statute had meant
that those leasing companies that earn mil-
lions of dollars by putting thousands of
vehicles on New York's streets and high-
ways cannot avoid responsibility for the toll
- in injuries and deaths - when these cars
are operated negligently.
The impact of this repeal, which basical-
ly re-distributes wealth from persons who
See LIABILITY, Page 28

Vol. 55, No. 1
MeetYour
State Senators
Friday, Sept. 30, 12:30- 2 p.m.
Luncheon at Domus
The newly convened Nassau County Bar
Association Legislative Task Force invites
all members to attend a luncheon to meet
Nassau Countys state senators. All five
senators - Hon. Michael Balbeni, Hon.
Chailes Fuschillo, Hon. Kemp Hannon,
Hon. Carl Marcellino and Hon. Dean Skelos
- are expected to participate. Our esteemed
panel will discuss the legislative process,
pending legislation, and other issues of
importance to attorneys.
Reservations are a must! Reserve your
place by mailing a check in the amount of $20
for program and lunch, payable to Nassau
County Bar Association, or by fax (516) 747-
4147, or online at our Web site: http/www.
nassaubar.org/calendarevent.cfm?EventlD
=2458. An optional 1.0 CLE credit will be
available for a nominal additional fee.
Schlissel, Ostrow, Karabatos
& Poepplein Donate
Defibrillator to Domus
How many of us have been in a situation
where someone appears to be suffering a heart
attack? How many have worried about being a
part of that scenario and wondered, Isn't
there a lifesaving device that can help?
Yes. That device is a defibrillator. It can
save a life when utilized immediately on some-
one identified as suffering a heart attack.

Mr. Stephen W. Schlissel presents a check to
NCBA President Christopher T. McGrath, for the
purchase of the defibrillator and training.
An easy-to-use, lightweight machine, it is
attached with wires to pads placed on a vic-
tim's chest and transmits the shocks that can
See DEFIBRILLATOR, Page 32

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