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64 Nassau Law. 1 (2014-2015)

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September 2014                                               www.nassaubar.org                                                    Vol. 64, No. 1

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OF NOTE
NOBA Member Benefit - ILD. Cad Photo
Obtain your photo for court identification
cards at NCBA Tech Center. Cost $10.
October 6, 7 & 8 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
[VENTS
DOMUS ON THE LAWN
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
5:30-7:30 p.m. at Domus
SAVE THE DATE!
JUDICIARY NIGHT
Thursday, October 16, 2014
5:30 p.m. at Domus
You should have received your invitation!
See page 6 for details
PRO BONO FAIR
Volunteer Attorneys Needed
Thursday, October 23, 2014
3:00-7:00 p.m. at Domus
See article on this page for details
SAVE THE DATE!
Wassail
Thursday, December 11,2014
6:00 p.m. at Domus
Details coming soon
SAVE THE DATE!
WE CARE Gingerbread University
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Details coming soon
WHAT'S INSIDE
FOCUS REAL ESTATE/MUNICIPAL LAW
HUD's Proposed Rule: Expanding
Obligations to Affirmatively Further
Fair Housing in Nassau     Page 3
Interpreting Koontz One Year Later
Page 3
A Working Guide to the Nassau County
Office of Consumer Affairs  Page 5
Independence Bank v. Valentine: Placing
Limits on CPLR 3408 Settlement
Conferences In Commercial Mortgage
Foreclosure Actions        Page 7
Avoiding the Hazards From an
Unscrupulous or Negligent Qualified
Intermediary in a 1031 Exchange Page 9
Wrongful Conviction or Wrongful
Exoneration? Something Is Happening,
and It Is Affecting Municipal Budgets
Page 9

Volunteers Needed at NCBA's
Fourth Annual Pro Bono Legal FAIR
(Eree Assistance, Information and Referral)
Thursday, October 23

Alan Hodish (standing, second from r) and his fellow NCBA mentors
with the students they mentored from Woodland Middle School, East
Meadow, at the annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon. Standing from
left are Mark Mancher, Ted Rosenthal, Anthony Bagnuola and Alan
Hodish. (seated from I) Marc Resnick and Patricia Sokolich.
(Photo by Hector Herrera)
Attorneys Shaping Young Lives
Student Mentoring Program Celebrates 20 Years

By Valede Zurbils
Alan Hodish never dreamed
that changing his career would
result in changing the lives of
thousands of young adults.
Twenty years ago, the long-
time  professional  educator
switched to the legal profes-
sion, and through the Nassau
County Bar Association he
founded  the award-winning
Student Mentoring Program to
instill a desire for kids at risk to
take themselves seriously, be
self-confident, and contribute
to society. Over the years, dedi-
cated NCBA members serving

as mentors, advisors and just
listeners, have demonstrated
the enormous impact one car-
ing adult can have on a young
person's life by showing them
that they do have choices in
life, and that their choices can
lead to better lives.
Research has shown that
children who have a caring
adult in their lives have a bet-
ter chance of staying in school,
out of gangs and away from
drugs, Hodish said. These
positive effects are much more
likely to occur when a one-on-
See MENTORS, Page 17

By Gale D. Berg,
Director of Pro Bono Activities
In celebration of national
Pro Bono Week, and the suc-
cess over these past three
years, the Nassau County
Bar Association   together
with Nassau/Suffolk Law
Services and The Safe Center
LI will, once again, run the
free legal Pro Bono FAIR
(Free Assistance, Informa-
tion and Referral) to be held
on Thursday, October 23rd
at Domus announced Steven
G. Leventhal, NCBA's 2nd
Vice  President, Chair of
Access to Justice Committee
and Chair of the event.
Nassau residents are invited
to come to the Bar Associ-
ation's location in Mineola,
between 3-7 p.m., and meet
with an attorney, one-on-one,
for legal guidance. Attorneys
are needed to volunteer for
one of two shifts, 3-5 p.m. or
5-7 p.m.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE
The Access to Justice Pro-
gram provides legal services

Volunteer Opportunities at the Bar

By Valede Zurblis
The Nassau County Bar Association is
the leading resource for legal information
and education for the more than 1.3 million
people living in Nassau County. NCBA
members have a long tradition of stepping
forward to assist children, seniors, the
abused and neglected, students, homeown-
ers, parents and teens, and those in need.
As a member of the Nassau County Bar
Association, you have many opportunities
to give back ... and most of our members
do!
Each one of our pro bono programs pres-
ents its own challenges and satisfactions.
When you speak to high school students,
give a presentation at a meeting of an
organization, consult with a senior citizen
at our in-house clinic, coach a high school
mock trial team, serve as a mentor to a

middle school student at risk, or help keep
a family from losing their home, you fulfill
this Association's commitment to serve the
community. The following volunteer oppor-
tunities are available.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Mortgage Foreclosure
Nassau County continues to have one of
the highest rates of mortgage foreclosures
in the state. Volunteers provide one-on-one
legal guidance at NCBA's award-winning
Mortgage Foreclosure Clinics, held twice a
month, 3-6 p.m., at the Bar Association.
Attorneys may also represent homeowners
pro bono at a three-hour court-mandated
conference  session  held  in  Nassau
Supreme Court. Attorneys from all prac-
tice areas are welcome; training and men-
toning is provided.

to those in need, regardless of
their ability to pay; it pro-
motes the fair administration
of justice; provides lawyers
with training and opportuni-
ties to provide the pro bono
legal services encouraged by
the Rules of Professional
Conduct; and promotes pub-
lic respect for the law and the
profession. The Annual Pro
Bone Fair is an opportunity
for Nassau County residents
to  consult  with  lawyers
knowledgeable in a wide
range of legal disciplines, and
fluent in a variety of lan-
guages. The generosity and
commitment of our members
makes our profession great,
and this Association is a
model for others around the
nation ...
Steven Leventhal,
Access to Justice
Committee Chair
ATORNEYS NEEDED
Attorneys are needed to
volunteer to meet one-on-one
with residents to provide
See FAIR, Page 16

Get     Inv  Tdy.
Access to Justice
Work with the Nassau County Coalition
Against Domestic Violence, Nassau/Suffolk
Law Services, Legal Aid Society of Nassau
County, Assigned Counsel Defender Plan,
Hofstra and Touro law schools and Nassau
County government to provide information
on free and reduced fee legal resources,
coordinate legal services for the community
and strengthen the core of volunteer attor-
neys through education and professional
development.
Annual Pro Bono Legal FAIR
(Eree Assistance, Information and Referral)
The community is invited to discuss any
legal issue with a volunteer attorney at this
annual one-day clinic presented during
national Pro Bono week in October. At-
torneys in all practice areas are welcome.
See VOLUNTEER, Page 16

GENERAL ARTICLES
Blurred Unes: Employees
Preparing to Compete

Page 11

Fixing A Broken Trust: Local Innovation =
National Recognition       Page 14

UPCOMING POICATIONS COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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