Bruce J. Wagner presented a “Matrimonial Update” to Supreme Court and Family Court Judges at all three sessions of the Summer 2018 Judicial Seminars held in July and August.
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.
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.
McNamee Lochner 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.”
Shareholder Jeremy Speich serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation and was as a Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Annual Holiday Kickoff. Along with Co-Chair Maureen Buckley and the other members of the Event Committee, the Foundation helped organize the Eighteenth Annual Holiday Kick-Off which was held on November 18 at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom in Troy, New York. The event included gourmet food stations, cocktail bars, cigars under the stars, multiple live music entertainment and a grand raffle all to benefit and enhance critical hospital programs such as oncology, cardiac and vascular, women’s and children’s health, surgical services, and mission services.
Through charitable support of St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, the hospital is able to save lives, lessen suffering, and improve quality of life and continue its mission to be a leading provider of world-class compassionate health care. It was an honor for McNamee Lochner to act as a Gold Level Sponsor of the Holiday Kickoff.
Shareholder Jake Lamme serves on the Steering Committee for the Capital Region Chamber’s Leadership Tech Valley program. Jake and his team organized Economic Development Day for the incoming class members for Leadership Tech Valley’s 2017 program.
As part of the program, class members were given toured the Port of Albany and the Mohawk Harbor Development in Schenectady, and met with business leaders throughout the Capital Region to discuss economic development in the Region, including: John Cococcia (Plug Power), Georgette Steffens (Downtown Albany BID), Andrew Kennedy (Center for Economic Growth), Phillip Morris (Proctors), Dave Buicko (Galesi Group), Carm Basile (CDTA) and others.
Economic Development Day is one program in a series of nine events that each Leadership Tech Valley class attends. The program is designed to help up and coming leaders explore issues and opportunities in the Capital Region.
About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime – a statistic that makes certain almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way. As a firm, we’ve decided to make a difference by walking and raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Albany Walk. The Albany event is one of nearly 300 held across the country. To further support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Albany, our firm will be sponsoring a water table at this year’s event.
The donations raised by our team and our firm’s sponsorship will enable investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research, free information and services for women diagnosed with the disease, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Our donations will help more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors celebrate another birthday this year!
Since 1993, more than 11 million walkers have raised more than $685 million – the Making Strides walks are the largest network of cancer awareness events in the nation.
McNamee Lochner is a proud supporter of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. On September 24th, the Albany Symphony kicked off David Alan Miller’s 25th Anniversary Season at the Palace Theatre, celebrating the Grammy® award-winning Conductor’s leadership. We wish all of the orchestra’s world-class musicians a record-breaking season of live performances during their 2016-2017 season.
McNamee Lochner is a proud member of the Honorary Committee for the 11th Annual Capital Region Coaches vs. Cancer Basket Ball, held on September 21 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy. The event is a fundraiser and a vehicle to raise awareness and promote treatment opportunities for cancer. The annual Basket Ball is run by and to benefit the American Cancer Society. Over the years it has raised more than $1.5 million by bringing in local Division I head coaches as featured speakers, while honoring a nationally known coach.
The thread that ties all of the nationally honored coaches together is that each has a personal story to tell about cancer. Each has been affected by the disease in some form – either their own personal journey, or through a familial experience.