Rensselaer County Bar Association

The Rensselaer County Bar Association is dedicated to its mission of serving members of the bench, bar and community of Rensselaer County, New York.


The Rensselaer County Bar Association is dedicated to its mission of serving members of the bench, bar and community of Rensselaer County, New York.

Please explore this website to find information on our organization, quarterly newsletters, happenings in the legal community, and information on how to join our organization.

The association is attempting to modernize our membership mailing list and to incorporate a master email list so that we may send out timely notices to our members. If you have not received a dues notice or contact update form, please contact us by email at to add your name to our new list.

Latest News

New York State Courts Electronic Filing Program

Attached is a letter from the NYS Unified Court System requesting comments on the electronic filing program. more

Happy New Year

Please be advised that the 2018 RCBA Dues Notices will be mailed out in January.

Attached is a 2018 Dues Notice for your convenience.

Please print and complete the form and mail in your payment.

If you are not already a member here is a link to a membership application. more

2017 Jones Award Dinner

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the Bar Association in conjunction with the Courthouse Artwork Restoration Committee, held the annual Jones Award Dinner. The Honorable Susan Philips Read, retired Judge of the Court of Appeals of this years recipient. Judge Read was introduced by the Honorable Richard E. Sise, Presiding Judge of the Court of Claims. Three restored pieces were unveiled by Judge Spain: a painted portrait of Martin I. Townsend, Esq., a proclamation and a silver loving cup given to him by the Bar Association. Martin I. Townsend, Esq., is remembered as one of the most famous of all local attorneys of the 19th century.
2017 Jones Dinner
2017 Jones Dinner
2017 Jones Dinner more

Oktoberfest 2017


2017 Annual Meeting

On June 8, 2017, the Bar Association held its Annual Meeting and honored David T. Garvey, Esq., and Patrick T. Maney, Esq., as 50 year members of the bar.

New Officers and members of the Executive Committee for 2017-2018 were elected. President Olivia Karis-Nix recognized and thanked Immediate Past President James Prout for his service to the Bar Association. The Bar Association is looking forward to an exciting year ahead, working on its mission of serving members of the bench, bar and community of Rensselaer County.

2017 Rensselaer County Bar Association Officers and Executive Committee

President Olivia Karis-Nix presenting Immediate Past President James Prout with his service award.

50 Year Member David T. Garvey, Esq. with President Olivia Karis-Nix.

50 Year Member Patrick T. Maney, Esq. more

2017 Rensselaer County Mock Trial

2017 Mock Trial Winners

This year Rensselaer County had five area high schools competing: Catholic Central High School, Columbia High School, The Doane Stuart School, Emma Willard School and La Salle Institute.

Co-Coordinators Olivia Karis-Nix, Esq., and Jessica B. Mocerine, Esq., wish to express their gratitude to those who served as judges: Supreme Court Justice Richard J. McNally, Jr., Nancy Bergman, Esq., Anne Coonrad, Esq., Michael Derevlany, Esq., Linda Johnson, Esq., Keith Muse, Esq., Michael Shanley, Esq., and Jennifer Shatz, Esq.

Thank you to the following attorneys who served as legal advisors to some of the participating schools: Monica Skanes, Esq., Vitaliy Volpov, Esq., Cynthia Tippins, Esq., and John Fischer, Esq.

A special thanks to the Honorable Richard J. McNally, Jr., for judging our finals held on March 22, 2017, between The Doane Stuart School and Emma Willard School. Emma Willard School was our County Champion and will move on to the Regionals to be held on April 29, 2017, in Montgomery County.

Also thank you to Richard Reilly, Chief Clerk of the Rensselaer County Courthouse and courthouse staff for all of their assistance during the tournament.

If any member is interested in serving as a legal advisor to one of the local high schools for next yearâ??s tournament, please contact Olivia Karis-Nix, Esq., at or Jessica Mocerine, Esq., at more

Coming Events

Thu Feb 15, 2018
Judge's Dinner
Mon Mar 05, 2018 @ 9:30AM -
Memorial Service
Tue May 01, 2018 @ 9:30AM -
Law Day
Thu Jun 07, 2018
Annual Meeting and Dinner