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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2014

Presiding Justice Karen K. Peters of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, is pleased to announce recent appointments to its Committees on Character and Fitness.
The Third Judicial Department is responsible for the admission of applicants to the New York State Bar from other states and countries. The Court admits over 4,000 applicants annually. In 2013, the Court admitted applicants representing 45 states (including New York), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and 64 foreign countries.
The Committees on Character and Fitness are charged with the responsibility of investigating and making recommendations to the Court regarding the character and fitness of applicants for admission to the New York State Bar. Its members are appointed for five-year terms. All members of the Committees serve without compensation.

Presiding Justice Peters is pleased to announce the appointment of the following attorneys to the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Third Judicial District.

Michael S. Barone, Esq., Albany County: Mr. Barone maintains an office for the practice of law in Albany. He is also a Lieutenant with the City of Albany Police Department. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2002 and is a graduate of Western New England College School of Law.

Murray S. Carr, Esq., Albany County: Mr. Carr maintains an office for the practice of law in Albany. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1980 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

Hermes Fernandez, Esq., Albany County: Mr. Fernandez is a member of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Albany. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1982 and is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law.

John C. Florsch IV, Esq., Rensselaer County: Mr. Florsch is a member of Fowler, Doyle, Spain, Spiess & Florsch, PLLC, Troy. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2008 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

Christine A. Caputo Granich, Esq., Rensselaer County: Ms. Granich is Associate General Counsel, New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1994 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

Olivia T. Karis-Nix, Esq., Columbia County: Ms. Karis-Nix is law clerk to Hon. Andrew G. Ceresia, Acting Supreme Court Justice and County Court Judge, Troy. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2008 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

Mark A. Kassner, Esq., Schenectady County: Mr. Kassner maintains an office for the practice of law in Schenectady. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1994 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

James C. Knox, Esq., Rensselaer County: Mr. Knox is an associate attorney with E. Stewart Jones Law Firm, PLLC, Troy. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2010 and is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School in Oregon.

Arun Kumar Lahiri, Esq., Ulster County: Mr. Lahiri is a partner with Lahiri & Nori, Esqs., Kingston. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1999 and is a graduate of Pace University School of Law.

Adam T. Mandell, Esq., Ulster County: Mr. Mandell is an associate attorney with Maynard, O'Connor, Smith & Catalinotto, LLP in Saugerties and Albany. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2008 and is a graduate of Western New England College School of Law.

Thomas Melanson, Esq., Ulster County: Mr. Melanson maintains an office for the practice of law in Kingston. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2005 and is a graduate of Emory University School of Law in Georgia.

Rekha Nori, Esq., Ulster County: Ms. Nori is a partner with Lahiri & Nori, Esqs., Kingston. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1999 and obtained her LLM from the University of Miami in Florida and her LLB from the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

Gilda P. Riccardi, Esq., Ulster County: Ms. Riccardi is principal court attorney for Hon. Anthony McGinty, Acting Supreme Court Justice and Ulster County Family Court Judge, Kingston. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1989 and is a graduate of New York Law School.

Dana L. Salazar, Esq., Albany County: Ms. Salazar is an associate with Tabner, Ryan & Keniry, LLP, Albany. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2006 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

Margie A. Soehl, Esq., Albany County: Ms. Soehl is associate attorney, Powers & Santola, LLP, Schenectady. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2009 and obtained her LLM from Albany Law School and her JD from the Universidad Espirito Santo in Ecuador.

Lanny E. Walter, Esq., Ulster County: Mr. Walter maintains an office for the practice of law in Saugerties. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1971 and is a graduate of Rutgers University Law School in New Jersey.

Presiding Justice Peters is also pleased to announce the appointment of the following attorneys to the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Fourth Judicial District.

Christine E. Nicolella, Esq., Schenectady County: Ms. Nicolella maintains an office for the practice of law in Delanson. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1993 and is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan.

Kyran D. Nigro, Esq., Saratoga County: Mr. Nigro is owner, Law Office of Kyran D. Nigro, Esq. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1993 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

Paul Pelagalli, Esq., Saratoga County: Mr. Pelagalli maintains a law office in Ballston Spa. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1984 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

Presiding Justice Peters is also pleased to announce the appointment of the following attorney to the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Sixth Judicial District.

Kenneth F. Tomko, Esq., Broome County: Mr. Tomko is a partner with Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP, Binghamton. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1985 and is a graduate of Albany Law School.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2014

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, announced today that approximately 750 people are scheduled to be sworn in as newly admitted members of the New York State Bar by the Court at a ceremony at noon on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York.

The members of the Court presiding at the ceremony will include John A. Lahtinen, Justice Presiding, and Associate Justices William E. McCarthy, Elizabeth A. Garry, and John C. Egan Jr.

Presiding Justice Peters stated that the Court is very pleased that Seymour W. James, Jr., Esq., Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Practice, The Legal Aid Society of New York City, and Immediate Past President, New York State Bar Association, will be in attendance and will address the new attorneys.

Justice McCarthy will administer the constitutional oath of office to the applicants.

All of the new attorneys who will be sworn in on March 11 have passed the New York State Bar examination or have satisfied the motion admission requirements and will have been approved for admission by the Third Department's Committees on Character and Fitness.

Based upon their current residence addresses, applicants from at least 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 31 foreign countries will be admitted. Foreign countries represented include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. The Third Department is responsible for the admission of all out-of-state applicants and applicants from other countries.

The ceremony on March 11 is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For further information, please contact Robert D. Mayberger, the Clerk of the Court (518-471-4777), or Daniel C. Brennan of the Admissions Office (518-471-4734).

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