Bruce Wagner is presenting “Matrimonial Update” to New York State Supreme Court and Family Court Judges at the 2017 Summer Judicial Seminars in Westchester County on June 20, 2017, and July 25, 2017.
Bruce Wagner is presenting “Matrimonial Update” as the leadoff speaker for the Broome County Bar Association Annual Legal Update Program on June 8, 2017, in Binghamton, and will open seminars for the New York State Bar Association in Albany on June 13, 2017, and in Manhattan on June 16, 2017, with the topic “Recent Decisions, New Legislation and Developing Trends in Matrimonial Law.”
Amy O’Connor, chair of the firm’s Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Department, was recently named Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.
The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region works to improve quality of life in the region by promoting and facilitating effective philanthropy. The Foundation provides high-impact flexible giving opportunities for donors, major funding for nonprofits, scholarships for students, and leadership around key community issues.
O’Connor continues to serve the Foundation as a Board Member and Chair of Professional Advisor Council.
McNamee Lochner is proud to sponsor the Capital Region Sponsor‐A‐Scholar Financial Professionals Golf Open, an event designed for professional networking and charitable fundraising to support local economically disadvantaged young men and women and guide them toward high school graduation and college attendance. Capital Region Sponsor‐A‐Scholar inspires and empowers promising, underserved students to succeed in high school, college, and life.
As of 2017, the Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar program has supported more than 215 local students as they earned their college degrees, and they actively work with more than 120 current college students. Sixty eight percent of their Scholars earn a college degree within six years of their high school graduation, compared to the national average of 39.7% degree attainment for the same demographic.
The organization’s blend of personalized academic support, long-term mentoring, and financial assistance is what makes such an impact in these students’ lives; McNamee Lochner is honored to be part of this organization’s efforts.
Bruce Wagner is presenting “The Wagner Update: What You Need to Know” as the lead off speaker for the Annual Seminar of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter, on May 5, 2017, in Manhattan.
Bruce J. Wagner has been reappointed by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks to the Judicial Hearing Officer Selection Advisory Committee for the Third Judicial Department. The Committee evaluates and recommends candidates for the position of Judicial Hearing Officer.
Shareholder April Dalbec, a member of McNamee Lochner’s matrimonial and family law, criminal defense, and personal injury departments, has been named to the Executive Committee of the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association, representing the Third Judicial District.
The Executive Committee of the Trial Lawyers Section is comprised of 4 Officers, Section Delegates to the NYSBA House of Delegates, former section chairs, and two representatives from each Judicial District in the State. The Trial Lawyers Section provides support to all trial attorneys and law students in the New York State Bar Association.
Shareholder Jacob Lamme, a member of McNamee Lochner’s litigation department, recently obtained two court orders in related tax certiorari cases that granted full real property tax exemptions for eight (8) properties under Sections 420-a and 462 of the Real Property Tax Law. The City of Amsterdam had denied tax exemptions to two religious entities for the properties, claiming that the properties were not used in a manner sufficient to warrant exemption. Jacob successfully argued that his clients’ use of the properties, as clergy housing and parking lots associated with a Buddhist temple, qualified them for exemption under the law.
This marks another real property tax litigation victory that Jacob has obtained on behalf of a religious institution. In 2014, Jacob was part of the litigation team that successfully appealed a determination to the Appellate Division, Third Department, and obtained a tax exemption for a large religious summer camp in Schoharie County that serves underprivileged children.
McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams has teamed up with the American Red Cross to sponsor a building-wide blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. The blood drive will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 6th floor of the 677 Building.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross has recently announced a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives. Eligible blood donors of all blood types are needed to strengthen the community’s blood supply.
“Given the urgent need, McNamee Lochner attorneys and staff are stepping forward to volunteer their time to help make the drive a success,” said Managing Partner Scott Barbour. “To ensure the success of the drive, we have opened time slots up to all of the offices and staff members housed in the 677 building. Please consider making an appointment to donate or just walk in.”
Bruce J. Wagner, chair of McNamee’s Matrimonial and Family Law practice, was recently admitted to the American College of Family Trial Lawyers.
Formed in 1993, the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (AFCTL) comprises a select group of 100 family law trial lawyers from across the United States. Members of this group are some of the best trial lawyers in America, practicing sophisticated and complex family law and matrimonial matters both domestically and abroad with issues ranging from dissolution of marriage (divorce), paternity, palimony, child abduction, and domestic torts. Diplomates, all members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, are chosen based upon their recognized litigation skills and courtroom abilities.
Of the six attorneys admitted into the ACFTL this year, Wagner was the only member also on a top 25 list for Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.