Each year, the Suffolk County Bar Association awards a $1,000 scholarship to a senior at a public or private Suffolk County high school who plans to attend a four-year college immediately after graduation. The award is designed to promote good citizenship and social awareness as well as to encourage students to think about larger social issues and see themselves as valuable members of their communities. Along with lists of their accomplishments and activities, applicants must submit an essay addressing a social issue that concerns them. The essay is heavily weighted in the scholarship committee’s decision.
The Suffolk County Bar Association was incorporated in 1908 with the purpose of promoting legal reform, encouraging a spirit of congeniality among its members, upholding high standards in the legal profession, and facilitating justice. It reaches out to the community by providing pro bono legal services and other initiatives, such as the scholarship program.
Legal professionals at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., are members of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
Three families are potentially moving into homes in Batavia, New York, thanks to a partnership between the City of Batavia and Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County. Through this program, the city sells longtime vacant homes to nonprofit organizations with the goal of combating blight and providing affordable houses to people in need.
Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County recently made plans to renovate houses on Oak, Pearl, and State streets in Batavia, essentially stripping the structures to the studs and rebuilding them, according to the organization’s CEO Jessica Maguire-Tomidy. She said the nonprofit and the city believe that the current housing situation for many families is not acceptable and that the program improves neighborhoods and people’s lives. Work on the three houses will take about a year.
Qualifying families must demonstrate that they need adequate housing, can afford it, and are willing to help renovate the house. Children in families who live in decent housing are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, and be active in their communities, Ms. Maguire-Tomidy said.
Carla Cole serves Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., as the team lead in its Batavia office. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County.
A new documentary about depression among legal professionals is now in widespread distribution. Produced by Daniel T. Lukasik, a Buffalo, New York, attorney, “A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession” is available at area law firms. Attorneys can receive continuing legal education (CLE) credits for viewing it.
The 30-minute documentary focuses on four lawyers and a former judge, who talk about their experiences with depression, which has been a problem in the legal profession for more than a century. In fact, the title of the documentary is taken from a book about President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln worked as a trial attorney before he was elected president, and his lifelong struggle with depression is well known. Several national experts on depression also appear in the film, which is designed to offer hope and resources to legal professionals who may be quietly suffering from the illness.
The documentary was funded through grants from the Erie County Bar Foundation, the New York Lawyer Assistance Trust, and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. To earn CLE credit for watching the film, attorneys must schedule a viewing at the Erie County Bar Association headquarters.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates legal professionals are members of the Erie County Bar Association.
An associate partner with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., Craig Wolfson serves on a wide range of professional and nonprofit boards. Recently, he joined the Business Advisory Council of the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center (SJJCC), an organization that is committed to meeting the needs of all individuals in the community. For more than three decades, the center has provided services to individuals with special needs through a person-centered approach. An individual assessment allows the center’s staff to place individuals appropriately in order to stimulate personal and social growth. Services include recreational programs, social skills groups, and vocational programs.
The SJJCC staff includes special education professionals, social workers, and psychologists who understand how to work effectively with individuals with special needs. The organization serves children and adults from Long Island and Queens who have disabilities ranging from autism spectrum disorder to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In addition, SJJCC works closely with the families of individuals with special needs to offer various respite and inclusion programs.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., is actively involved with its profession through its participation in a number of organizations, including the American Legal & Financial Network (ALFN). Founded in 2001, ALFN is a nationwide network of legal and residential mortgage banking professionals.
Committed to providing a high-quality educational experience, ALFN offers online training programs that include ALFN WebED and ALFN WedbEDPlus. ALFN WebED, an online educational certificate program, can be accessed at any time and from virtually any location. The program allows companies’ employees to stay current on changes in the mortgage banking industry.
On the other hand, ALFN WebEDPlus provides live online training seminars led by members of ALFN. Seminar topics are customized based on the needs of participants.
Several members of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates are members of ALFN. They include director Hallie Greene and senior associate Lisa Singer, who are members of ALFN’s Junior Professionals & Executives Group.
A graduate of New York Law School, Cynthia Rosicki of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., played a large role in the successful execution of the 2014 New York Law School Gala in November. Also a member of the New York Law School Board of Trustees, Cynthia Rosicki served as a sponsor for the event, which honored a number of legal professionals who studied at the school for their contributions to the profession.
The recipient of the Legal Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award was Steven R. Harber, class of 1992, who has pioneered the legal services industry with two major companies, DiscoverReady and Palisades Advisors, LLC. He currently works with Lean Law Ventures, an organization that invests in companies dedicated to providing efficient legal services to corporations.
The other major gala honoree was Meryl Lieberman, class of 1981, who received the Integrity and Professionalism Award for her work with Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP. The firm concentrates on environmental and toxic tort coverage litigation, as well as employment and intellectual property law, with nearly 100 lawyers working in five states.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., partner Cynthia Rosicki sits on the board of AHRC Nassau, an organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. One of the most important AHRC Nassau programs is its Community Hubsite initiative. Adults with developmental disabilities hoping to play an active role in their communities are connected to various volunteerism and skill-building opportunities, which provide socialization and vocational training.
Each day, individuals gather at more than 30 locations throughout Nassau County to participate in skill-building programs before entering the community to assist the elderly, run errands for the homebound, and complete other volunteer tasks. These tasks teach individuals how to navigate the world and become an integral part of the community. A clinical support network backs participants every step of the way and remains available to address any concerns.
At present, more than 900 volunteers attend these day programs and contribute to more than 60 volunteer job sites. These sites include museums, hospitals, animal hospitals, libraries, and senior centers.