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57 Nassau Law. 1 (2007-2008)

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September 2007
NCBA Member Benefit:
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identification cards at NCBA
Tech Center. Cost $10
Oct. 2, 3 & 4
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
NCBA Domus Open
Mon., Oct. 1, 2007
Eisenhower THE RED
11 a.m. Registration
Judiciary Night
Thurs., Oct. 11, 2007
5:30 p.m. at Domus
WE CARE Italian Feast
Sat., Oct. 13, 2007
7 p.m. at Dumus
The 75th Annual
Wassail Celebration
Thurs., Dec. 13, 2007
6 p.m. at Domus
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mental health problems.
Call 1-888-408-6222.
Calls are completely confidential.
Join the publications committee
for lunch. Earn CLE credits for
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Next meetings:
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12:45 at Domus
Academy of Law ...... 16-17
Calendar  ........... Insert
Classified  ............. 29
Domus Doings .......... 4
From the President ....... 4
In  Brief  .............. 10
WE CARE ............. 22

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Members of the Executive Committee gather around for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony high-
lighting the dedication of the brick design around the flagpole on the front lawn of Domus.
Domus on the Lawn

By David 0. Gabor
A      warm, sunny and beautiful
September evening set the stage
for the eighth annual Domus on
the Lawn. For many, September
represents a time of beginning as it is the
start of the school year for children and is
also the start of a critical season for attor-
neys. On Thursday, September 6, 2007,
Domus opened its doors (and lawn) to its
membership. Hundreds of new members,
long standing members, prospective
members, guests and law     students
enjoyed a great evening at Domus on the
Domus on the Lawn represented an
opportunity to join with old friends and
new to have a celebration as a kickoff to

the new season, It was a time to get back
into networking, to join committees and
to talk about the upcoming season. This
was also an opportunity to catch up with
old friends and make new ones. This was
a time to enjoy camaraderie and to make
valuable new contacts. People who
attended found that the warmth and hos-
pitality of the staff helped make this a
particularly successful evening. New
members and members who have not
been active were encouraged to join com-
mittees and to foster relationships. They
quickly caught the feeling that Domus is
our home.
During the evening, members were
encouraged to meet the staff. Those who
did meet the staff quickly learned that,
See DOMUS, Page 24

La yer
ar Association  e

Vol. 57, No. 1
Doing what we can
for our own little
corner of the world
By Martha Krisel
I cannot remember a time when the news
has been as awful as it has been this summer.
Just about every day, I wake up to yet another
devastating tragedy. News of crimes committed
by truly evil humans, of disreputable mortgage
companies who have so irresponsibly partici-
pated in schemes leading to innumerable fore-
closures, of tragic accidents resulting in multi-
ple deaths, of the ever-rising death toll from the
war in Iraq, of the loss of two firefighters at a
terrible fire tied into the horrific events of
September 11, of terrorist bombings, of destruc-
tive acts of God ... my breath is taken away as
the events unfold. The images stay with me
while I go about my day, taking care of my fam-
ily, running my errands, and doing my work at
my office.
I am sickened when two career criminals in
Connecticut are arrested for the torture and
then murder of a mother and her two daugh-
ters for absolutely no reason at all. I am angry
that unscrupulous lenders continue to push
their loans, now finding ways to skirt the few
laws that exist that could offer some protection.
I am horrified when a bridge in Minnesota col-
lapses during rush hour, drowning the occu-
pants of several automobiles. I am so sad that
as the war rages in Iraq, 14 soldiers are killed
because of the mechanical failure of their heli-
copter. I am terrified when simultaneous blasts
in Hyderabad, India result in the death of 44
individuals. I stare in horror at images of floods
in Texas and Oklahoma that result in the
death of dozens of individuals. When a mine
collapses in Utah, I watch in disbelief; two
weeks later, I learn that desperate efforts to
reach the miners are not only unsuccessful but
result in the deaths of three rescue workers.
And I cringe as an earthquake in Peru leaves at
least 540 dead, primarily due to a lack of air
when the victims choke to death in thick dust
See WORLD, Page 18

Judicial pay raises supported by state legislators
But frustration mounts over government deadlock        A A_

By Valerie Zurblis
Judicial pay raises was the hot topic
when nine members of the New York
State Legislature discussed issues of
concern with members of the Nassau
County Bar Association at a special
Legislative Luncheon on September 7
at Domus. All elected leaders said they
supported pay increases for judges in
all courts, but expressed frustration
about the process of getting it done.
I want a first class judicial system in

Nassau County, Long Island delegation
leader Senator Dean Skelos told the
group of more than 80 in attendance.
The Senate Democrats were against it,
and the issue was not brought to the
Assembly. Governor Eliot Spitzer linked
this issue to ethics reform and campaign
contribution reform. Assemblywoman
Earlene Hooper added, The pay raise is
long overdue. We hope to overcome this
deadlock. It shouldn't be the Legislature

Leaders of the NYS Senate and Assembly from Nassau
County meet with the leaders of the Nassau County Bar
Association at a special Legislative Luncheon at Domus.

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