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The American Legal & Financial Network (ALFN) will host its annual ANSWERS Leadership Conference again this summer, after seeing record attendance and participation from vendors in 2014. At the conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village, Nevada, attendees can network with other professionals and potential clients and attend educational seminars. In a recent press statement, Jerry Azure, senior vice president of Mortgage Servicing Operations at BSI Financial Services, said that he attends ANSWERS each year because the seminars are based on information from people working in the field and cover issues that he deals with regularly in his work.

The invitation-only conference is primarily attended by ALFN members and serving partners. Meet-and-greets and mixers provide opportunities for attendees to get together during the evening, while the daytime is filled with learning opportunities. Previous seminar topics include economic outlooks, third-party vendor management, and bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation.

Members of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., are part of the American Legal & Financial Network.

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A new law that expands newborn testing to include rare diseases was signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in October. In attendance were Justin Ginion and Vicki Pizzullo, the parents of a child who was diagnosed with Krabbe disease too late for potential treatment. The legislation, which is known as Hannah’s Law, is named after Ginion and Pizzullo’s daughter.

The law requires Pennsylvania hospitals to test newborns for Krabbe disease, along with Fabry disease, Pompe disease, Niemann-Pick disease, Gaucher disease, and Hurler syndrome. Krabbe disease fatally attacks the nervous system, and so far, early intervention has shown to be the only successful treatment. Hannah Ginion was diagnosed with Krabbe disease at 4 months old, already too old to receive a cord blood transplant that could have helped her.

Jim Kelly, the former NFL quarterback, whose son Hunter died of Krabbe disease, said he was thrilled that more children would have “the chance for the healthy life that they deserve” thanks to Hannah’s Law. Kelly’s foundation, Hunter’s Hope, of which Tom and Cynthia Rosicki of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., are longtime supporters, funds research into a cure for Krabbe disease.




At the 2014 Hunter’s Hope gala in New York, an annual fundraising event for the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, attendees found themselves working to support a shared mission while simultaneously celebrating the life and work of founder Jim Kelly and his family. The gala took place on March 28 even as Mr. Kelly continued to undergo treatment for cancer at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital. The Kellys sent their message of support for those who came to aid the foundation’s mission through family friend and gala sponsor Tom Rosicki. The foundation has been supported for many years by the law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C.

Mr. Rosicki read a poem he had shared with the Kellys, which was written in honor of their work. Mr. Rosicki relayed the Kellys’ response of grateful appreciation and continued vigilance in the fight against Krabbe disease and other leukodystrophies. Acknowledging the difficulties and medical issues facing Mr. Kelly, Tom Rosicki reminded the gala attendees that “there’s a reason why it’s called Hunter’s Hope … it’s hope.” The successful gala serves as a testament to western New Yorkers’ dedication to the Kellys’ cause and the appreciation they feel for the work of Jim Kelly as he faces new challenges.

To learn more about the work of the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, visit www.huntershope.org.”

Hunters HopeThe 2014 gala benefit for the Hunter’s Hope Foundation was bittersweet, as attendees extended their thoughts and prayers to founder and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who is battling cancer. During the March 28 celebration, Kelly was at a hospital in New York City, where he was being treated for cancer of the head and neck. The law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., hosted the event, which was held in New York. Rosicki Hunters HopePrior to the evening gala, Tom and Cynthia Rosicki, who oversee the law firm, read a poem to Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, at the hospital. At the beginning of the event, Tom Rosicki shared the poem, which recognized the Kellys’ longtime commitment to the Hunter’s Hope Foundation. The organization supports research to find treatment and a cure for Krabbe disease and other leukodystrohpies. One of the passages reads, “This poem is about two who have been blessed, not by taking, but by giving, and through their faith give life to the living. Because of their strength, we’re here to help fulfill the Hunter’s Hope mission chartered by Jim and Jill.” Tom Rosicki told the attendees that the Kellys expressed their appreciation for the poem and the outpouring of support. He said, “There’s a reason why it’s called Hunter’s Hope…it’s hope.” Hunters Hope Rosicki RosickiRosicki, Rosicki & Associates’ annual gala aims to raise funds to support the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that encourages early screening for newborns in order to detect fatal diseases that affect the nervous system. In 1997, Jim and Jill Kelly began the Hunter’s Hope Foundation following the death of their son, Hunter, who was diagnosed with Krabbe disease shortly after he was born. The boy died of the disease at the age of 8. Since the Hunter’s Hope Foundation began, it has raised $14 million to fund medical research. For more information, please visit www.rosicki.com




Susan West, a senior associate in the foreclosure department at the law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., recently served on a judicial foreclosure panel at the annual MBA National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The session provided updates on judicial state foreclosure law and information about mandatory mediation, timelines, forced place insurance, and homeowner bills of rights.




Three members of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates attended the February 2014 industry conference, which members of the firm have attended for many years. The conference looked at how the mortgage servicing industry is evolving and adapting to new regulations and procedures. Panels and speakers outlined good business practices to help mortgage service providers to thrive during a time of transition in the industry. Keynote speakers included Captain Mark Kelly, commander of the final mission of space shuttle Endeavour, and Joseph A. Smith, Jr., monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement.

Conference exhibitors represented leading companies that provide products and services in the industry, including Accenture, HousingWire, and ISGN.

April 2014

Plainview, NY – Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., has been a longtime supporter of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center; two partners graduated from the prestigious institution and cofounder Tom Rosicki serves his alma mater on its Board of Governors. The Rosicki team’s longtime association with Touro Law School has resulted in numerous alumni joining the firm in recent years, and as of April 2014, several have earned promotion to leadership positions within the Foreclosure Department. Working from Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates’ Plainview offices, these four alumni demonstrate both Touro’s academic excellence and their personal commitment to the legal profession and the wider community.
A new assistant managing attorney at the Plainview Foreclosure Department, Regina Competiello graduated from Touro Law School in 2011 and joined Rosicki in November of that year, shortly after passing the New York State Bar exam. While studying at Touro, she was a member of the Emerald Law Society. Since graduating, Ms. Competiello has relocated to Wantagh, New York, and currently serves as a board member of Italian-Americans in Government, Inc.
Amanda Gentile also earned a promotion to assistant managing attorney at the Plainview Foreclosure Department. A 2010 graduate at Touro, Ms. Gentile joined Rosicki shortly after earning her juris doctor and was admitted to the New York State Bar a year later. A resident of Holtsville, New York, she continues to be an active member of the Touro Law School community; a participant in the Moot Court program as a student, she has since acted as a judge for the club’s competitions.
Joining the new assistant managing attorneys at the Plainview offices are two fellow Touro graduates, Shanna Black and Christopher Medina, each of whom has been promoted to the position of supervising attorney.
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Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., will host its 10th annual fundraising gala on March 28, celebrating a decade of support for the Hunter’s Hope Foundation. The event, titled “Decade of Change,” will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo, New York. The evening will include various food stations, desserts, and tastings. Proceeds will benefit the Hunter’s Hope Foundation in its fight against Krabbe disease and other leukodystrophies.

Over the years, the Hunter’s Hope Gala has raised thousands of dollars for the foundation’s research and educational programs. The funds have supported the development of treatments and therapies and provided assistance with the financial, medical, and emotional needs of families affected by the illness. Recent donations have helped to increase newborn screening for leukodystrophies and expand research that could also contribute to an understanding of conditions such as stroke and multiple sclerosis.

The gala was founded by Tom and Cynthia Rosicki, who are partners with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates. Each year, guests from the legal, judicial, and banking communities enjoy a catered meal, silent and Chinese auctions, and presentations about Hunter’s Hope. In 2013, organizers changed the gala’s format and location to provide guests with a firsthand look at where the groundbreaking research takes place. After a tour of the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute at the New York Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, guests were treated to a reception.

Jim and Jill Kelly, the founders of Hunter’s Hope, regularly attend the galas to support the fundraising effort and to speak to guests about the foundation’s work. In 2013, Jim Kelly praised Tom and Cynthia Rosicki for their commitment to the organization. He said, “Through their ongoing support, the Rosickis and their guests have had a major part in helping us build the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute.” The institute is named after the Kellys’ son, Hunter, who was diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy, a fatal nervous system disease.

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[Meta: A study conducted by the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute could lead to a more accurate diagnosis of nervous system disorder.]

Research Findings Could Improve Diagnosis of Krabbe Disease

New findings from a study by the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute may help physicians to predict late-onset Krabbe disease, a rare degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system and provides more timely treatment. While symptoms usually begin appearing in infants, the disease can also manifest itself in teenagers and adults. By utilizing tools to more accurately predict when the symptoms of Krabbe disease could emerge, physicians can better determine when treatment should be administered. Cord blood transplantation, which is currently the only treatment for Krabbe disease, must be given before symptoms develop. Without treatment, Krabbe disease is generally fatal.

Research conducted by the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute has been made possible through supporters such as Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., which is preparing to host its 10th Annual Hunter’s Hope Gala on March 28. The annual event, which will feature a dinner, presentations, and auctions, will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo, N.Y.

The study looked at the medical records of 64 patients registered with the Hunter’s Hope Krabbe World Wide Registry, including their MRI results. Three researchers at the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute found abnormalities in patients’ MRI results that could be tied to the age at which they began to exhibit symptoms.

According to Dr. Patricia Duffner, the author of the study and the founding director of the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute, the findings confirm age-related differences in the MRI scans, particularly as they relate to variations of the disease: adolescent/adult, late onset, and early infantile.

Duffner said that if the research and studies show that MRI abnormalities appear before the onset of symptoms, then the ability to predict late onset of the disease in newborn screenings will be possible.

The Hunter James Kelly Research Institute plans to build on this research in order to further investigate when MRI abnormalities appear in advance of the onset of symptoms. Researchers hope to one day be able to tell parents whose babies screen positive for Krabbe disease if their child is only a carrier of the gene mutation or if he or she will develop symptoms.