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

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
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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

2017 Annual Meeting

Election of Officers and Executive Committee and Recognizing 50 year Members of the Bar

The Rensselaer County Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Franklin Terrace, Troy, New York. The Bar Association will proudly be honoring David T. Garvey, Esq., and Patrick T. Maney, Esq., as 50 year members of the bar. We hope you can join us to recognize their service to the bar.

The Bar Association will also be electing its Officers and At-Large Members to the Executive Committee.
The Slate of Candidates is as follows:

President: Olivia Karis-Nix
First Vice-President: Jessica B. Mocerine
Second Vice-President: Sarah K. Hansen
Third Vice-President: Dana L. Salazar
Treasurer: Michael J. Derevlany
Secretary: Jennifer C. Shatz

Executive Committee: Richard D. Ceresia
Executive Committee: Kelly Cramer
Executive Committee: John C. Florsch, IV
Executive Committee: Kevin P. Glasheen
Executive Committee: Linda B. Johnson
Executive Committee: Rachael E. Kruse
Executive Committee: James E. Prout
Executive Committee: Edward O. Spain more

2017 Judges Dinner

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Bar Association held its annual Judges Dinner and recognized newly elected Supreme Court Justice the Honorable Andrew G. Ceresia. The Bar Association also unveiled the portraits of retired Supreme Court Justices the Honorable Edward O. Spain and the Honorable George B. Ceresia. The portraits will be hung for display at the Rensselaer County Courthouse.

Judges Dinner 2017

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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