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62 Nassau Law. 1 (2012-2013)

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September 2012                                                  www.nassaubar.org                                                        Vol. 6  No. 1

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....      of Unlimited CLE Program.


By Valerie Zurblis

NCBA Member Benefit- I.D. Card Photo
Obtain your photo for court identification
cards at NCBA Tech Center. Cost $10.
Oct. 23, 24 & 25 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic
Monday, Oct. 1,2012
1 - 3 p.m. at Domus
Judiciary Night
Thursday, October 18, 2012
5:30 p.m. at Domus
Pro Bono Fair
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
3 - 7 p.m. at Domus
Entities and Issues, Things to Think
About in Real Estate     Page 3

Resolving Disputes Between
Adjoining Landowners
Private Lenders Beware

Page 3
Page 5

Problems and pitfalls in short sales
Page 7
Under Seal: Filing False Claims Act
Cases in Nassau County  Page 9
Where do I sign? The danger of playing
fast and loose with signatures
Page 11
Book Review
Business and Commercial Litigation
in Federal Courts (3d Ed.)  Page 15
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

Last year, hundreds of NCBA mem-
bers expanded their knowledge on many
legal issues and business practices by
taking advantage of NCBA's ground-
breaking Domus Scholar Circle program.
For just one initial tuition payment of
$189, they attended as many 1, 2
and 3 credit continuing
legal education   pro-
grams as they wanted.
Don't let   another
year go by without
giving this unique
opportunity a try!
Members who have
renewed their dues for
the 2012-13 year are now eli-
gible to enroll in the Circle. From
September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012,
Domus Scholar Circle members will be
able to attend the majority of Nassau
Academy of Law CLE programs, as well
as Dean's Hours programs and CLE
programs offered at NCBA committee
meetings. That's more than 70 programs

throughout the year, along with another
70 offered at committee meetings, at no
additional cost.
'Members have continually asked us
about auditing CLE programs that may
be of interest, but may not be in their cur-
rent area of practice, noted NAL Dean
Ralph Catalano. 'The Domus Scholar
Circle has proved to be so popular,
and the members who took
advantage of it so pleased,
that we are offering it
again this year at the
same price. Smart attor-
neys know a good deal
when they see one.
To join, just fill out the
application form inserted in
this issue of the Nassau Lawyer,
or download an application on the
website at www.nassaubar.org>MCLE>
Domus Scholar Circle, and send with
your check or credit card information to
the Nassau Academy of Law, (516) 747-
4464. The DSC application and payment
may also be returned with your dues

Volunteer Attorneys Help Residents Keep Their Homes

By Gale D. Berg and Roberta Scoll
As Director of Pro Bono Attorney
Activities for the Nassau County Bar
Association, and as the Coordinator for
the Volunteer Lawyers Project
Landlord/Tenant Attorney of
the Day Program for Nassau
Suffolk Law Services, one of our
main jobs is to recruit attorneys
to give legal services on a pro
bono basis to those less fortu-
nate and in need of assistance
regarding their housing. One
might consider this a daunting   Gale
task, but in fact, it is not as dif-
ficult as you would imagine,
due in part to those generous
volunteer attorneys who are
willing to help.
Unfortunately, the need for
legal assistance in finding and
keeping housing in Nassau
County is not diminishing as
we all had hoped. There are
many areas of law and various    Robei
programs currently in play
where volunteer attorneys are urgently
needed. You, too, can help make a differ-
ence in someone's life, even if you only
have a few hours to donate.


The   Volunteer  Lawyers   Project
Attorney of the Day program is served by
pro bono attorneys Monday-Thursday
from 9:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in
room 277 in District Court at
99 Main Street, Hempstead.
The clients are low and/or no
income tenants who seek legal
counsel and representation in
summary proceedings but can-
not afford a private attorney.
They are prescreened for eligi-
bility before their files are
Berg    given to the attorney. Once
qualifications are established,
the volunteer attorney of the
day meets with the client and
represents him/her in land-
lord/tenant court for the day.

I             The NCBA Mortgage Fore-
rta Scoll  closure Project serves Nassau
residents in two ways. The first
is our monthly award winning clinics,
held at NCBA's headquarters in Mineola,
See HOMES, Page 4

- National Pro Bono Week -
Volunteers Needed
at October's NCBA
Pro Bono Legal FAIR
By Valerie Zurblis
In celebration of national Pro Bono
Week, and because it was so successful last
year, this year the Nassau County Bar
Association along with Nassau/Suffolk
Law Services is again running the free
legal Pro Bono FAIR (Free Assistance,
Information and Referral) to be held on
Thursday, October 25 at Domus, it was
announced by Steven Eisman, NCBA's 2nd
Vice President and chair of the event.
Nassau residents are being invited to come
to the Bar Association's headquarters in
Mineola, between 3-7 p.m. and meet with
an attorney one-on-one for legal guidance.
Last year, we had more than 50 volun-
teer attorneys who helped more than 150
residents with their legal questions on a
wide variety of issues, noted Eisman. 'The
NCBA FAIR is another effort in our long
tradition of providing pro bono and legal
community assistance and education, and
we are looking forward to another great
Attorneys are needed to volunteer to
meet one-on-one with residents to provide
information and refer them for more assis-
tance if needed. Attorneys will not provide
legal representation. Some of the major
areas include:
 bankruptcy and consumer debt
 divorce and family issues
 education and special education
 health and disabilities
 immigration and the Dream Act
 mortgage foreclosure and hous-
ing matters
 senior citizen issues
Bi-lingual attorneys are especially need-
ed. Through our BOLD (Bridge Over
Language Divides) Program, we are reach-
ing out to residents who would be more
comfortable speaking with attorneys in
their native languages, Eisman added.
We plan to have bi-lingual attorneys flu-
ent in many languages, such as Spanish,
Greek, Portuguese, Turkish and Korean
and other languages upon request.
NCBA members who would like to
help in any of the practice areas at either
the 3-5 p.m. session or 5-7 p.m. session
(or both) can contact Gale D. Berg,
Director of Pro Bono Attorney Activities,

Thurs., Sept. 13, 2012 0 Thurs., Oct. 11, 2012 - 12:45 at Domus

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